The Trust for the National Mall launched their Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign today in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This campaign supports all 3,800 cherry trees on the National Mall and aims to provide additional annual resources for the care and maintenance of the trees.
“The cherry trees on the National Mall are a beloved cultural symbol and annual destination that draws in visitors from around the world to our nation’s capital,” said Catherine Townsend, president and CEO of the Trust for the National Mall. “We all agree that the trees are a national treasure and an experience that should be preserved. Limited government funds are not enough to provide annual care and maintenance for all 3,800 trees and surrounding grounds, so we’re inviting the public to help us to preserve and protect these iconic cherry trees.”
The Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign gives donors an opportunity to support an individual tree by making a direct donation of $1,000 for each tree, starting a team to collaborate on peer-to-peer fundraising, or creating a fundraising page to reach a goal to endow one or more trees. Funds raised will go towards the Cherry Tree Endowment which provides critical funds to the National Park Service tree maintenance team for annual care, including tree pruning, soil remediation, and select tree replacement plantings.
For more information about how to make a donation to the Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign or learn more about the endowment, click here.