Mayor Bass seeks help reaching tree-planting goal

Monday, December 17, 2012 - 1:38pm

As part of the Mayor’s Tree Initiative, the City of Tyler is partnering with LT 24 to hold Tree Tyler Day on Jan. 19, 2013. Tree Tyler Day will 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 once again partner with LT24 to move this initiative forward,” commented Mayor Barbara Bass. “I already have my overalls and shovel ready – but it is up to the community to decide how dirty they will get. 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 two years ago 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.

“We wanted to contribute to Tyler in a lasting and visible way,” shared LT24 member Brian Pearson. “What better opportunity than to help preserve the natural beauty that Tyler is known for. Our goal is to get every facet of the community involved in sponsoring trees for Tree Tyler Day.”

Between now and the January event, LT 24 and the City of Tyler will be seeking sponsors for the tree planting event. With sponsorship opportunities ranging from a single tree all the way to 100 trees, the entire community, from school classes to the City’s largest businesses, is encouraged to participate. A flyer detailing Tree Tyler Day sponsorship opportunities is available online at www.TreeTyler.com or on the City of Tyler web page at www.cityoftyler.org.

Since the launch of the Mayor’s Tree Tyler Initiative in 2010, more than 4,500 trees have been planted and registered on the Tree Tyler web site.

“Tyler is blessed with beautiful trees and unparalleled natural beauty,” said Mayor Barbara Bass. “Community efforts like Tree Tyler Day help us grow and protect our urban forest for generations to come. It is our plan to reach our goal of 5,000 plantings this year.”

The City has already picked out sites with proper irrigation for trees to be planted. Sponsors are encouraged to send a team to help plant trees on Jan. 19. The event will kick off in the Harvey Hall parking lot at 10 a.m. After a kick off rally, teams will travel to locations throughout the City to plant the trees that were sponsored.

To sign up as a Tree Tyler Day sponsor, 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 Tyler 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.

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