Tree ordering deadline is Sunday for massive planting effort
TENNESSEE ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
People who want to order native Tennessee trees to plant on 250K Tree Day have until midnight Sunday to put their order in.
Bundles of five different tree seedlings are available for a donation of $5, with a maximum order of 20 bundles (100 trees, $100). The trees will be available for pickup at sites all over the state selected during the ordering process.
Organizers hope to establish a record on Feb. 24, 2018, with the goal to plant 250,000 trees with 25,000 Tennessee volunteers. All Tennessee residents are invited to order trees to plant for 250K Tree Day at www.tectn.org/250KTreeDay with final deadline on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at midnight.
The Council’s Tennessee Tree Program was created to plant one million native trees across the state to help repopulate trees. The organization has planted more than 360,000 trees with partners throughout the state – fulfilling the mission to educate and advocate for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee’s environment, communities, and public health.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) are collaborating with the Council on this statewide event. “We could not host this successful event without our collaborative partners and sponsors. We are grateful for the hard work of our volunteers and distributors throughout all 95 counties,” said John McFadden, CEO of Tennessee Environmental Council.
“Trees help protect our state’s most important natural resources,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “They are vital for maintaining water quality, healthy air, flood prevention, wildlife habitat and healthy communities,” Martineau said.
In 50 years one tree provides $130,750 in total benefits including oxygen, air pollution control and stormwater drainage.
The U.S. Forest Service found that more than two million acres of Tennessee’s native forests were cut and more than 500 thousand acres of forest were converted to other uses.