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Volunteer to Plant 10,000 Trees in One Day- February 16, 2013

On February 16, Tennessee Environmental Council along with several member groups, partners and volunteers will plant 10,000 trees in one day at sites in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Spring Hill, Lebanon, and Ashland City.   A second date will be scheduled on March 9 to plant 10,000 more trees.     

“Planting trees is the most sustainable practice, because it provides benefits for people, places and the economy,” stated John McFadden, Tennessee Environmental Council Executive Director.  “The benefits are so ‘TREEmendous’, the Council launched Tennessee Tree Project in 2007 with a goal of planting or caring for 1 million native trees across Tennessee.  We will plant 10,000 of those trees on one day with the help of a number of partners and volunteers.”

Trees offer a myriad of benefits for people, animals land, water, and air.  Among the surprising and important facts:

  1. Communities with more trees have less crime and graffiti.

  2. Communities with more trees have less asthma and lung disease.

  3. Homes with a mature tree in the yard may be worth up to 10% more than a similar home without a mature tree.

  4. One tree can provide $130,750 in total benefits over 50 years including oxygen, air pollution control and reducing flooding.

Planting sites for Feb 16 include:   Mill Creek near Oliver Middle School in Nashville,   Garrison Creek in Mufreesboro – meeting at the Kroger parking lot at 2050 Lascassas Pike,  the Campbell’s Station and Wyngate subdivisions in Spring Hill,  The Compost Company in Ashland City, and Byars Dowdy School in Lebanon.  The Council is seeking more volunteers and partner groups to help.   Volunteers will receive free T-shirts and refreshments during the day, and are asked to register at the website where they will find directions to the planting sites and other important information about the event.  Registration is free.

This event was made possible by a generous grant from Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.   The event is part of Tennessee Environmental Council’s Tennessee Tree Project with a goal of planting or caring for 1 million native trees in Tennessee.  The event is also part of the Council’s Watershed Support Center including the Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative and the Urban Small Streams program. Shirts for this event were printed by Grand Palace Silkscreen and refreshments will be provided by Whole Foods.

Event partners include Bridgestone Firestone, City of Gallatin, City of Lebanon, City of Murfreesboro, City of Spring Hill, Nashville Clean Water Project, Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative, Whites Creek Watershed Alliance, Middle Tennessee State University, Inside Track,  Kappa Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, LP Environmental, LLC, Memphis City Beautiful, Schneider Electric,  Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program, Tennessee Department of Forestry Urban Riparian Buffer Program, Natural Awakenings, The Compost Company, and Volunteer State Community College.

Tennessee Environmental Council  is a 501c3 non-profit organization that educates and advocates for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee’s environment, communities and public health.

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