Tennessee Environmental Council encourages Tennesseans to beautify neighborhoods with trees

Johnson City Press • Feb 26, 2019 at 6:03 PM

Tennessee residents are encouraged to “beautify their properties and their communities” through the Tennessee Environmental Council by planting trees on 250K Tree Day, March 23.

Trees are available to order for a $1 donation per tree, while supplies last through March 17, by visiting the event website at www.tectn.org/250KTreeDay.

Tree species include red oak, red bud, pine and plum, or similar fruit varieties. All trees must be picked up on the dates and locations published on the event website. There are 150 volunteer-run local tree pickup locations set up across Tennessee.

“We are thrilled each year to be able to offer low-cost trees for the people of Tennessee to beautify their properties and participate in the largest community-tree-planting event in America,” Tennessee Environmental Council Interim CEO Jeffrey Barrie said in a news release.

“The benefits to our environment and communities is priceless, and a small investment of time and energy now pays off for generations as Tennesseans watch their trees grow year after year.” 

The Tennessee Environmental Council has planted over 540,000 trees since 2007, fulfilling the mission to educate and advocate for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee's environment, communities and public health. This event typically draws tens of thousands of volunteers who plant their trees at their homes, farms, businesses, neighborhoods and other locations to maintain a healthy tree canopy in communities across Tennessee.

This year’s event is sponsored by numerous funders and agencies, including the Memorial Foundation, the Lyndhurst Foundation, Cumberland River Compact, MTEMC’s Sharing Change, Bridgestone, Bass Pro Shops, TVA and others. 

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