Right Tree, Right Place installation project
The City of Tempe has partnered with SRP to remove hazardous trees encroaching on powerlines and to replace them with trees more suitable for the area. The Right Tree, Right Place installation project includes three phases.
For every tree removed, SRP will plant three new trees in the city’s rights of way, increasing the tree canopy coverage while enhancing electric reliability and safety. The removed trees will be chipped and utilized for composting as part of the city’s green organics program.
The last phase will take place on Rural Road, between the Western Canal and Elliot Road. 42 trees will be removed and 200 trees will be planted. In addition, this area will undergo a complete landscape refresh, including new irrigation, new rock and finishing touches. This will begin the week of Feb. 11 and is expected to be completed mid-March.
Phase one took place during the weeks of Jan. 14 and 21 on Elliot Road, between McClintock Drive and College Avenue. 73 trees were removed and 125 were planted.
The second part of the pilot phase took place Dec. 10-14 along the southside of Guadalupe Drive at McKemy Street, with SRP removing 34 trees and planting 42 trees. An additional 60 trees were planted in Celaya Park.
The first part of the pilot phase took place Oct. 15-19 along Southern Avenue and River Drive, with SRP removing 16 trees and planting 16 trees. An additional 20 trees were planted along Mill Avenue and Curry Road.
Tempe's TreeBate Program: a new pilot program that provides rebates for approved desert-friendly trees installed on residential properties.
SRP’s Shade Tree program: provides customers with free desert-adapted shade trees and planting advice to reduce cooling costs.
What types of trees are being planted?
Trees at each location varies, but these are the types that will be used throughout the project:
- Desert Willow
- Texas Mountain Laurel
- Yellow Tree Oleander
- Monk's Pepper
- Desert Museum Palo Verde
- Desert Ironwood
- Mondell Pine
- Red Push Pistache
- Chilean Mesquite
- Southern Live Oak
- Evergreen Elm
Shauna Warner - Neighborhood Services Specialist