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Posted on: April 14, 2021

North Miami Councilwoman Carol Keys partnered with Urban Habitat to create the “Wall of Trees”...

North Miami Councilwoman Carol Keys partnered with Urban Habitat to create the “Wall of Trees” Project 

North Miami, FL – April 1, 2021

North Miami Councilwoman Carol Keys partnered with Howard Tonkin, Owner of Urban Habitat, to plant new pine trees throughout the City of North Miami. Councilwoman Carol Keys hosted an intimate gathering to showcase the completion of the “Wall of Trees” project located along 123rd Street behind the North Miami Police Department (700 NE 124th Street). 

The pine trees which are native to the area are expected to grow 25 feet tall over the next 25 years. Howard Tonkin, Owner of Urban Habitat, and his team planted a total of 275 pine trees over the last week as part of their 100,000 South Florida Tree Project. During the last decade, Urban Habitat has been committed to planting and building biodiverse landscapes, urban forests, native gardens, and fighting climate change and its impacts through direct action. 

According to Howard Tonkin, once these pine trees grow to maturity, they will help our community in the following ways:

  • Prevent certain childhood cancers
  • Provide oxygen to residents
  • Produce healthy rain patterns and combat climate change
  • Serve as a new habitat for animals
  • Lower crime rates by reducing stress
  • Create resistance to wind during hurricanes and other storms 

Since pine trees are native to South Florida, the newly planted pine trees will not require regular watering once they grow strong roots. For more information on this City initiative, visit www.ThinkBeyondTheHedge.com. To request an interview with Councilwoman Carol Keys, email Susset Cabrera at sucabrera@northmiamifl.com

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About the City of North Miami

North Miami is a suburban city located in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida. It is roughly 10 miles (16 km) north of Miami. The city lies on Biscayne Bay which surrounds the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University. North Miami is home to a diverse demographic of residents. With more than 64,000 residents, North Miami is the sixth largest city in Miami-Dade County. We are home to the Oleta River State Park; the largest urban park in the Florida State Park System and the nationally accredited Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA North Miami).

Media Contact:

Susset Cabrera, Senior Communications Officer
305 895 9888, Ext. 12154
news@northmiamifl.gov

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