Visit the MC Gives! website for more information. Donate through December 31st, 2018 midnight.

CSMC is proud to be once again selected to participate in the Monterey County Gives Campaign!

Thanks to generous matching contributions, your year-end gift-giving to Communities for Sustainable Monterey County will have an even greater impact. Our BIG IDEA for 2019 is to improve the urban tree canopy in Salinas.

The benefits of a healthy tree canopy go far beyond providing oxygen, filtering water and increasing property value. Recent studies show that urban vegetation, including trees, slows heartbeats, lowers blood pressure, encourages outdoor activity and relaxes brain wave patterns. 

A healthy urban tree canopy is between 25-30%. According to a report in early 2015, the City of Salinas had a tree canopy of 7.6%. To make matters worse, on February 17, 2017 Salinas had a devastating wind storm which resulted in a loss of between 800-1000 trees.

The good news is the City of Salinas has recently committed to planting trees in sidewalk easements and parks over the next several years. Sustainable Salinas wants to help support the City in their efforts to increase the urban forest.  Sustainable Salinas will use money raised to: 

  • purchase trees
  • purchase automatic irrigation systems
  • provide information to residents about city tree permits and requirements
  • educate tree stewards about proper care and planting. 

The City of Salinas has agreed to match funds raised up to $10,000. Help us beautify and Restore Salinas’ Urban Forest!