DESPITE OUR SUB-TROPICAL WEATHER, MIAMI-DADE COUNTY HAS LONG STRUGGLED WITH AN INADEQUATE TREE CANOPY. HOWEVER, THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF THE WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL ZIONIST ORGANIZATION (WIZO) FLORIDA AND BIOPLANET USA, AN URBAN FOREST IS GROWING IN HAULOVER BEACH PARK, CREATING A RESPITE THAT CAN BE ENJOYED BY RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ALIKE.
By Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Miami-Dade County, District 9 Chairman, Community Image Advisory Board/Million Trees Miami
February 1st, 2015 WIZO members and Jewish families will gather for the fourth time to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the “Festival and New Year for Trees.” By celebrating life with the planting of a tree, the Jewish Community’s leadership and environmental stewardship is exemplary, and it has created a replicable model for other communities and parks to adopt. Through WIZO and BioPlanet USA’s partnership with Million Trees Miami, approximately 300 trees have been planted in Haulover, with the potential of reaching 500 trees this winter.
With this upcoming WIZO planting, BioPlanet USA—the direct partner of Million Trees Miami and an international environmental organization implementing reforestation efforts world-wide—will have planted approximately 1,200 trees in Miami Dade, illustrating its dedication to advancing Million Trees Miami’s mission of achieving 30 percent tree canopy.
With our current canopy hovering around 14 percent, Million Trees Miami needs help amplifying the call to plant trees. Collaborating with WIZO and BioPlanet USA, we hope to encourage businesses and communities to become green leaders by planting their portion of the urban forest. Whether it is along a public street, in a park or a public space, you can begin a legacy with a tree in Miami-Dade.