25,000 Tennesseans Volunteer On Feb. 24, To Plant 250,000 Trees In Tennessee's 95 Counties

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tennessee Environmental Council is promoting 250K Tree Day, a statewide event on February 24, 2018, planting 250,000 trees with 25,000 Tennessee volunteers of all ages.  Tennessee residents are invited to order up to 25 tree seedlings to plant on 250K Tree Day while supplies last at https://tectn.org/250ktreeday/.
 
The Council’s Tennessee Tree Program was created to plant one million native trees across the state to help repopulate trees.  The organization has planted over 360,000 trees since 2007 fulfilling the mission to educate and advocate for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee's environment, communities, and public health.
 
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) are collaborating with the Council on this statewide event.
 “We could not host this successful event without our collaborative partners and sponsors.  We are grateful for the hard work of our volunteers and distributors throughout all 95 counties,” said John McFadden, CEO of Tennessee Environmental Council.  
 
“Trees help protect our state’s most important natural resources,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “They are vital for maintaining water quality, healthy air, flood prevention, wildlife habitat and healthy communities.”
  • In 50 years one tree provides $130,750 in total benefits including oxygen, air pollution control and stormwater drainage.
  • The U.S. Forest Service found that more than two million acres of Tennessee’s native forests were cut and more than 500 thousand acres of forest were converted to other uses.
Visit the 250K Tree Day website for details, tree registration, and important updates.  
 
250K Tree Day is a project of Tennessee Environmental Council. 

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Outdoors

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Kim DeLozier Is Featured Speaker At Collegedale Fireside Chat On March 1

The City of Collegedale Parks and Recreation department presents retired National Wildlife Ranger Kim DeLozier as itd final Fireside Chat speaker in the winter series o n March 1 . Mr. DeLozier, author of “Bear in the Backseat” books, will entertain guests with stories from his experiences as a ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains. Knoxville native and celebrity Jack Hanna ... (click for more)

Breaking News

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Opinion

Heavy Rains Are Coming In The Next Few Days

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