WHEN ORGANIZATIONS JOIN FORCES, GREAT THINGS START TO HAPPEN. TWO GREAT ORGANIZATIONS PLAN TO REFOREST MIAMI-DADE BY THE YEAR 2020, CREATING A TREE-RICH COUNTY WHERE SITTING BENEATH THE TREE SHADE WILL BE JUST A STEP AWAY FROM ANYWHERE.
A new project and endeavor will allow Miami Dade County to work with the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) and Bio Planet USA. In support of Miami-Dade County’s Million-Tree-Miami (MTM) Campaign, the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) and Bio Planet USA will be working together with the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (MDPROS) to plant native coastal trees on January 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at Haulover Beach Park. The park is located at 10800 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbor, Florida. This environmental initiative is focusing on South Florida’s reforestation objectives.
The Million Trees Miami Campaign was launched in April 2010 with approval from the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The goal of the campaign is to achieve a tree canopy cover across Miami-Dade County of 30% by the year 2020. National data suggests that healthy metropolitan areas should have 30-40% tree canopy cover to obtain the environmental, social, and aesthetic benefits that trees provide. According to studies conducted by the county, the current canopy conditions are approximately 14%, which is the reason the BCC encourages our residents and community groups to plant more trees.
The organization that will be cooperating in this endeavor is WIZO, which is a worldwide volunteer organization supporting and operating over 800 welfare projects aimed at improving the lives of women, children and the elderly living in Israel. Its support of the MTM Campaign is part of the WIZO Tree of Life Forest project, which will be celebrating its third year. With a proudly rooted history of philanthropy and community services, prominent leaders of the Jewish community, as well as WIZO members, are expected to be in attendance at the event. WIZO will allocate 50% of the tree donations to benefit WIZO Nir Haemek School Greenhouse in Israel with the remaining 50% going to support the planting and upkeep of the WIZO Tree of Life Forest in Miami.
Bio Planet USA is a nonprofit environmental organization that promotes the development of agriculture and overall social responsibility. They have been able to generate environmental awareness throughout South Florida, and will be working with Miami Dade County’s Million Trees Miami Campaign.
“We greatly appreciate WIZO’s and Bio Planet USA’s commitment and efforts to support this important environmental initiative for Miami-Dade County. We also appreciate Jewish Way magazine for the support that they have given this project” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “We applaud their efforts to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of our environment, and especially about the significance of reforestation in maintaining healthy communities. This is an important initiative in helping to position Miami-Dade County as a premiere global community, and we are grateful for their efforts,” he added.
With this joint initiative, great things will start to happen in our own backyard. It is essential for our community to continuously be conscious about our environment, and give thanks to these organizations that are making this happen.