Tennesseans Invited to Plant Trees on 250K Tree Day

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Tennessee residents are invited to beautify their properties and their communities by planting trees on 250K Tree Day, March 23, 2019. 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. The event is organized by Tennessee Environmental Council in its effort to maintain a healthy tree canopy in communities across Tennessee. Tree species include Red Oak, Red Bud, Pine and Plum or similar fruit variety. 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. This event typically draws tens of thousands of volunteers who plant their trees at their homes, farms, businesses, neighborhoods, and other locations of their choosing.

"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," says Jeffrey Barrie, Interim CEO for Tennessee Environmental Council, and one of the event organizers. "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" says Barrie.

Tennessee Environmental Council's Tree Program was established in 2007 with a goal of planting one million native trees across the state to help repopulate trees lost to development and other causes. The organization 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.

The 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. A complete list of event sponsors is featured on the event website www.tectn.org/250KTreeDay.

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