On February 16, Tennessee Environmental Council along with several member groups, partners and sponsors will plant 10,000 trees in one day and we need YOUR help! Planting a tree is a simple act with TREEmendous benefits. Trees have a myriad of benefits – too many to list them all – but here are a few surprising and important facts:
- Communities with more trees have less crime and graffiti.
- Communities with more trees have less asthma and lung disease.
- Homes with a mature tree in the yard may be worth up to 10% more than a similar home without a mature tree.
- One tree can provide $130,750 in total benefits over 50 years including oxygen, air pollution control and reducing flooding.
We will plant trees during the day on February 16 (and on Feb 15) at several locations throughout Middle TN (listed below), followed by a celebration at Blackstone Brewery in Nashville. Volunteers will learn to plant trees through hands-on activity and will receive free Council Membership. Participation is free but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED so we can let you know of any changes on or before the event day. If you have questions about this event, please email us at tec(at symbol)tectn.org with the subject line “10K Tree Day”.
Feb 16 Tree Planting Locations - TIMES are 9am-2pm - Except LaVergne
(For Feb 15 locations and dates please click here)
Location: Mill Creek Greenway near Sugar Valley Subdivision. We will meet at Oliver Middle School, 6211 Nolensville Rd. and carpool to the site from there. Please arrrive on time.
Details: We will be planting 3,000 trees. We will also be planting here on 2/15.
Location: Garrison Creek. Meet at: Kroger 2050 Lascassas Pike.
Details: We will be planting 2,500 trees .
Spring Hill, TN
Location: Campbell’s Station. Time: 9am-1pm. Meeting location at the intersection of Liverpool Drive and New Port Royal Road In Crown Pointe Subdivision
Details: We will be planting 2,250 trees.
Location: Cane Creek Park Recreation Center. 201 C C Camp Road, Cookeville, TN.
Details: We will be planting 322 trees.
Ashland City, TN
Location: The Compost Company, 3643 Hwy 12 North, Ashland City, TN 37015
Details: We will be planting 660 trees. Some work will also be done here on 2/15.
Location: Byars Dowdy School. 904 Hickory Ridge Rd, Lebanon, TN 37087
Details: We will be planting 1,800 trees. We will also be planting here on 2/15.
La Vergne, TN
Location: Hurricane Creek. We will be meeting at the greenway/trail entrance near 133 Stoneridge Drive in LaVernge . From I-24 take the Waldron Road Exit to the south and the second right onto Stoneridge. Just past Brookridge Drive there is a small bridge over the stream. You may park on the road there. Please be respectful of neighborhood residents – drive slow and try not to park in front of the homes or block the park entrance.
Details: We will be planting 400 trees.
Time: 9am-11am. When we are done – please feel free to head over to the Mill Creek site in Nashville.
Tree Planting Celebration: 2:30-4:30
We will wrap up the day with a celebration at Blackstone Brewery in Nashville. Please register using the link above and we will send along details.
If your group would like to plant trees: We are currently in the process of recruiting partners. Click here for more information.
If you would like to be 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.
Important info for Volunteers: Please bring shovels, gloves, workboots, and a bottle of drinking water. If you have waders we may need those for Murfreesboro, Spring Hill, and Lebanon locations. The 10K Tree Planting Day will happen rain or shine, dress appropriately. Rain gear and sturdy shoes or boots are strongly recommended. We may reschedule for SEVERE weather conditions including lightening, or other severe conditions. Rescheduling will occur on the morning of the event – call 615-248-6500 for updates.
This event was made possible by generous grants and support from the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Foundation, TN Wildlife Resources Agency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), TN Department of Agriculture’s Riparian Forest Buffer Program and Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. 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. Shirts for this event were printed by Grand Palace Silkscreen.
Boys and Girls Club of Maury County
Byars Dowdy Elementary
Chickamauga Creek Conservancy
City of Columbia
City of Cookville
City of Gallatin
City of Lebanon
City of Murfreesboro
City of Spring Hill
The Compost Company
Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative
Grand Palace Silkscreen
Harpeth River Watershed Association
Kappa Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
LP Environmental, LLC
Mars Pet Care
Memphis City Beautiful
Middle Tennessee State University
Modern Woodmen of America
Nashville Clean Water Project
Obed Community Watershed Association
Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program
Tennessee Concrete Association
Tennessee Department of Forestry Urban Riparian Buffer Program
Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association
Tennessee Technological University
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Town of Pegram
Volunteer State Community College
Whites Creek Watershed Alliance
Pictured Top of Page: (Left) 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. (Right) Schneider Electric Employees help plant trees at a greenway in Lavergne on December 11, 2012.
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