The City of Tyler and Mayor Barbara Bass are seeking volunteers to help plant more than 300 trees on Tree Tyler Day, Saturday, March 19, 2011.
Residents interested in volunteering are asked to meet at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., at 9 a.m. and enjoy free bagels before everyone teams up to plant trees at various locations throughout Tyler. Volunteers are asked to bring their own shovel and gloves.
As part of the Mayor’s Tree Initiative, the City of Tyler has partnered with LT 24 to hold Tree Tyler Day. This inaugural event is designed to give the community the opportunity to come together to work toward reaching the Mayor’s goal of planting 5,000 trees in five years.
“We are so pleased to be partnering with LT24 to move this initiative forward,” commented Mayor Barbara Bass. “I already have my overalls and shovel ready – and it looks like they are going to get very dirty this Saturday. I am hoping we will see the entire city come out to help grow our urban forest.”
The partnership sprouted when Mayor Bass spoke with members of the Leadership Tyler 24 class and challenged them to get on board to support the Tree Tyler Initiative. Many members of the class met several times to discuss how they could become involved and ultimately formed LT24.
LT 24 successfully pursued sponsors for this tree planting event. The more than 300 trees that will be planted on Saturday were donated from individuals and organizations representing the entire community.
“More than $12,000 was raised in the last few months to support the Tree Tyler Initiative,” said Mayor Barbara Bass. “We are truly blessed to have a community that is so willing to support our efforts to preserve our natural beauty.”
The City has already picked out sites with proper irrigation for trees to be planted. The holes for the trees will be pre-dug.
For more information, please contact the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department at (903) 531-1370.
Mayor’s Tree Tyler Initiative
In accordance with the Tyler 21 Plan, the City launched the Mayor’s Tree Tyler Initiative in April 2010. More than 20 years ago the TREES Committee was established with a goal to reforest City parks and public spaces, to protect and preserve Tyler’s trees and to educate the public about their importance. Countless hours have been spent on tree plantings as well as working on City Ordinances to provide protection for trees. This tree initiative has evolved over the years and most recently played a major role in the City’s Tyler 21 master planning effort. Through this public process it became evident that our citizens recognize the importance and value of trees to this community. Trees provide a range of benefits including, but not limited to, an increase in property valuation, environmental affects and aesthetic impacts.
To respond to the community’s desire to save and plant trees, the City of Tyler launched a program to bring the spotlight on all these efforts by creating one clear goal: Tree Tyler. The Mayor’s 2015 Tree Tyler Initiative is Mayor driven, and established a goal and implementation strategy to plant 5,000 trees in five years.
The initiative includes tree plantings on public property, like parks and right-of-ways. However, residents are also encouraged to plant trees on their own property as well.
The Tree Tyler web page, www.TreeTyler.com includes a registration page where citizens can report a tree planting. These private plantings will be included in the count toward the 5,000 tree goal.