Last fall, Kansas City, Missouri’s Land Bank floated the idea of transforming weed-choked vacant inner city land into productive mini-forests of fast-growing trees. It was an innovative approach tried in other cities, but required private investors and a lot more ground work to actually happen. Now those details are coming together through Chicago-based Fresh Coast Capital, which announced that it has secured an initial $1 million investment for urban land revitalization projects in Kansas City, St. Louis and four other cities.
“The property will be landscaped so that it won’t just be straight rows of trees, and it will be available for the public to enjoy, Mendez said. Some of the trees will be culled after seven years, and when they are fully mature at 15 years they can be harvested for all sorts of wood products.”