The purpose of the Urban Forest project, is to save hundreds and ultimately thousands of trees, that would otherwise be destroyed by development and to then reforest the trees, to provide shelter, for birds and animals, cooling and much needed carbon sequestration, oxygen generation and storm water absorption.
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"In the spirit of the John Nolen Plan, VABI resolves to create the Urban Forest, an oasis for all generations to enjoy!"
A handful of inspired volunteers started the project then successfully recruited a very talented group of volunteer experts, including, agronomists tree experts, irrigation specialists, heavy machinery operators, designers, artists, marketing and communication professionals over the past three years.
"Our generous donor and volunteers make VABI's Urban Forest possible."
VABI's Urban Forest, a project of, Venice Area Beautification Inc. a 501(c)3 organization.
Venice Area Beautification Inc. 257 N Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285 941.207.8224 Email
The site is the old CSX Rail Road right of way, between the Venetian Waterway Trail and the Seaboard Industrial Park in Venice and unincorporated parts of the County. The ground lies between Venice Avenue South and goes south to Center Road, extending approximately 1.75 miles. The size of the site is approximately 33.34 acres or 4.4 million square feet. Sarasota County has donated the site to VABI in perpetuity.
The City of Venice has donated re-use water to the site, and initial irrigation lines and valves have been put into the ground.
MPS Construction and Property Management, LLC has donated over 1,000 trees of many varieties, to the project. These trees will need to be dug up, moved and replanted on
To date, initial funding totaling $21,500 has been obtained, but a further equal amount is needed to complete Phase 1 – the first 200 feet.
Want to contribute to Venice's Urban Forest?
Click here to learn more about Venice's Urban Forest partnering with Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.