A tree-planting effort, “10K Tree Day,” organized by the Tennessee Environmental Council kicks off Saturday with an event scheduled for Watertown the following weekend.
The council connected dozens of volunteers with 10 tree-planting sites throughout Middle Tennessee on Saturday in hopes of planting 10,000 trees in one day.
“It may not make the Guinness Book of World Records, but 10,000 trees will make a positive impact on the quality of our air, water, recreational opportunities and enhanced quality of life for all Tennesseans,” said Dr. John McFadden, executive director of the council. “We invite families and friends join us at one of our locations this Saturday as we strive for our larger goal of planting and caring for one million trees in Tennessee in the next 10 years.”
Volunteers (individuals or groups) are needed at locations in Cookeville, Clarksville/Dotsonville, Crossville, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Harpeth River (three sites), Murfreesboro, Watertown and Nashville/Whites Creek. Volunteers should bring gloves, work boots, shovels, drinking water and snacks.
In Watertown, volunteers plan to plant 1,000 trees around Watertown High School on March 8. Volunteers plan to meet at the school at 8 a.m. and should be done around 3 p.m. For more information, contact James Vaden at 615-533-8219.
For specific meeting locations, times, details and to register, visit tectn.org/10KTreeDay.
The tree-planting effort will target stream-side zones alongside waterways identified as polluted streams by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Planting trees along these streams greatly improves the health of the waters by increasing natural vegetation and shading, decreasing erosion, and making streams more hospitable to fish and other aquatic life.
Tennessee Environmental Council is a nonprofit organization educating and advocating for the conservation and improvement of the Tennessee environment, communities and public health. Learn more at tectn.org.