“It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become.”
-The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
The Lorax Project was launched to lessen the health risks from living and playing near the highway. Highway 24 runs immediately adjacent to Chabot Elementary School and Chabot Recreation Area. Studies have shown that trees located near highways can serve as a barrier that can significantly reduce the transmission of pollutants through the air. (See the science.)
In 2014, The Lorax Project planted over 100 new trees along Highway 24 at Chabot Elementary School, Chabot Recreation Area, the Pollinator Garden, and at the homes of residents on Miles Ave. between Patton St. and Presley Way. The trees, planted by over 80 volunteers, were predominantly redwoods. Funding for The Lorax Project was dependent entirely upon community donations. Fundraising for the The Lorax Project is now complete. The Lorax Project continues to maintain the trees.