Calling All Volunteers! Sign Up to Participate in 10K Tree Day, Sat. 3/1 – The Race to Plant More than 10,000 Trees in Tennessee

Calling All Volunteers! Sign Up to Participate in 10K Tree Day, Sat. 3/1 – The Race to Plant More than 10,000 Trees in Tennessee

 

Registration closes this Friday at noon for 10K Tree Day.  Tennessee Environmental Council members, partners and volunteers will come together to plant more than 10,000 trees in one day!  It’s part of the Tennessee Tree Project with a goal of planting or caring for 1 million native trees in Tennessee.  There is no running involved –  the “race” is to see how many trees we can plant in one day – but you may get some great exercise!

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Planting Locations/Times/Details:
(Please bring good shoes/boots, drinking water, a shovel and gloves.  Exact dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please register and we will send you details. Please do not show up at a site without registering.)

Cookeville, TN  — 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Saturday 3/1
City of Cookeville
Meeting Location: TDEC Cookeville Field Office Parking Lot — 1221 S. Willow Ave (Corner of S. Willow and Gould Dr — first signal south of I-40)  Important: Caravan to the planting site will depart from this meeting location at 9:15!
Contact: Tracy Meggs – City of Cookeville - p. 931-520-5282, tmeggs (at symbol) cookeville-tn.org
Goal: 2000 trees

Crossville, TN  – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Saturday 3/1
With Obed Watershed Community Association

Meeting Location: CoLinx Parking Lot, 1536 Genesis Road, Crossville 38555
Contact: Dennis Gregg (931) 210-3611 DennisGregg@gmail.com
Goal: 500 trees

Gallatin, TN — 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Friday 2/28  
Triple Creek Park
Meeting Location:   210 Albert Gallatin Avenue, Gallatin, TN 37066
Contact: Kelly Poole (615) 648-2500
Goal: 400 trees

Goodlettsville, TN — 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Saturday 3/1
Meeting Location: North Creek Park on Jackson Road

Contact: Amy Murray (615) 859-2740

Harpeth River (Fernvale) – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Saturday 3/1
With Harpeth River Watershed Association
Fernvale, TN
Meeting Location: 5907 Old 96, Franklin, TN  37064 (park at the church next door)
Contact: Cooper Breeden (615) 790-9767 CooperBreeden@HarpethRiver.org
Goal: 200 trees

Harpeth River (Narrows of the Harpeth State Park) – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Saturday 3/1
at Billmont Camp with Boy Scout Troop 6
Meeting Location: 0 Narrows Harpeth Road in Kingston Springs (next to Narrows of the Harpeth State Park)
Contact: Bill Schleuter (615) 972-3791 schleuterbill@hotmail.com
Goal: 200 trees

Harpeth River (Bellevue) — 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Sunday 3/2
With Harpeth River Watershed Association
Bellevue, TN
Meeting Location:  Harpeth Valley Golf Center (7629 Old Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37221)
Contact: Cooper Breeden (615) 790-9767  CooperBreeden@HarpethRiver.org
Goal: 150 trees, 100 live stakes

Watertown, TN — 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Saturday 3/8
Beech Log Creek around Watertown High School

Meeting Location: Watertown High School
Contact:  James Vaden (615) 533-8219
Goal: 1000

Nashville, TN  – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Saturday 3/1
Whites Creek
Meeting Location:  1160 Bellshire Drive, Nashville, 37207
Contact:  Tennessee Environmental Council (615) 248-6500
Goal: 3000

Murfreesboro, TN — 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Saturday, 3/1
Garrison Creek
Meeting Location: Kroger, 2050 Lascassas Pike
Goal: 1,000 trees

Springfield TN  – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Saturday, 3/1
With Red River Watershed Association
Meeting Location: Dotsonville Community Center parking lot, 3189 Dotsonville Road
Contact: Daniel Wilson (615) 788-2427
Goal: 1,000 trees

Here are 3 tree-mendous opportunities to get involved:

  • Volunteer:  No prior tree planting experience needed – this is a great way to learn how to plant trees, meet some tree-mendous new friends and get some exercise.  The event is also ideal for families with kids 6 years and older.   Here are some special volunteer opportunities
    • Collect Pledges – You can collect donations for The Council or participating Partner Organization
    • Become a Tree Captain – If you’ve planted trees before we need help teaching others to plant trees correctly and safely
    • Form a Team –   Planting trees is an excellent team building and community service project for your company, school or organization.

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  • Become a Partner:  Partners earn some of the same great benefits as sponsors, and can help in the following ways:
    • Bringing Teams of Volunteers and/or providing Tree Captains to plant at our sites or one of yours – you don’t have to plant on Saturday February 8, you can plant earlier in the week if you prefer.
    • Planting trees at your location or at nearby parks/public spaces/schools you support
    • Helping with logistics for the tree planting including preparing the planting area, recruiting volunteer groups, providing tools & equipment,  etc.
    • Other responsibilities as outlined in the letter of agreement   Contact us at tec(at)tectn.org if you are interested in partnership

 

  • Sponsor:  This is a great opportunity for groups who want more promotional exposure OR for businesses and other organizations who want to support us but can’t plan tree planting logistics.   Click here for sponsorship information.  Sponsors will be listed on all promotional material, website, emails, press releases,  event T-shirt and more. Contact us at tec(at)tectn.org if you are interested in sponsorship.

 

This event is made possible by generous grants and support from the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Foundation, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, TN Wildlife Resources Agency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), TN Department of Agriculture’s Riparian Forest Buffer Program..   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.

Click here for pictures from last year’s event.

 

Sponsors:

MarsPetcare     Logo-TWRA2

TN ConcreteAssoc

Tennessee Department of Forestry Riparian Buffer Program   

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee  

 

Pictured Top of Page:  MTSU alumnus John McFadden, Executive Director Tennessee Environmental Council, instructs students taking part in MTSU’s Alternative Fall Break on Tuesday,Oct. 16, 2012.  Students volunteered to plant trees as part of the TEC tree planting/stream bank restoration project along Garrison Creek. MTSU photo by J. Intintoli.     

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