Root Nashville is a public-private campaign to plant 500,000 trees in Davidson County by 2050. The campaign aims to increase the county’s tree canopy and create a more equitable distribution of the health and sustainability benefits of trees across all communities in Nashville. Together, we can enhance Nashville’s livability and environmental quality.
Our streams and lakes, as well as our communities, are being affected by the changing weather of recent decades. More extremes in temperature, flooding, drought, and storms require a new approach to planning to ensure our communities are resilient and prepared. The staff of the Cumberland River Compact is working to address these risks. Since 2006 the Compact has collaborated with the Model Forest Policy Program on the Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies (CSU) program.
Communities enrolled in CSU finish the program with a locally-focused, actionable, and ready to implement climate adaptation plan. To date, 33 communities across the country have completed climate adaptation plans through Climate Solutions University program including four Tennessee communities: City of Cookeville, Sumner County Planning, Middle Nolichucky Watershed Association, and Greene County, TN.
The Cumberland River Compact’s Executive Director, Mekayle Houghton, serves on the TN H2O Steering Committee and Natural Resources Working Group. TNH2O provides a blueprint for ensuring that Tennessee’s future water needs are secure.