Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Communities for Sustainable Monterey County (CSMC)


To meet the challenge of declining resources and climate change by helping our communities transition to sustainable practices.

The Big Idea

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 slow heartbeats, lower blood pressure, encourage outdoor activity and relax brain wave patterns. It is recommended that a healthy 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. As a result we lost 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 and will use money raised to buy trees and automatic irrigation systems for Salinas residents. Sustainable Salinas will support the city in their efforts to increase the urban forest by providing materials to inform residents about city tree permits, requirements, proper tree 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!

I’ve called Salinas my home for all of my life. And I’ve always wanted to make a difference in my community, that’s why a group of us started talking about ways we could make a difference. We landed on a community garden, and the Local Urban Gardeners group was born. Shopping around with our idea, we fell into contact with Sustainable Salinas. They have enabled us, coached us, and helped us get in touch with the right people to make our dream of starting a community garden a reality.

- Daniel Hernandez