50K Tree Day is a Calling for Volunteers! A great way to help our state park and also share the love of God in service to our state and the others around. This is a great way to see the creation of God. May you can serve as an individual, a group like church group, scout group or even as a family.
50K Tree Day at Tennessee State Parks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State Parks is participating in the Tennessee Environmental Council’s second annual 50K Tree Day on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Participants will plant 50,000 (50K) native trees in one day across the state. Several state parks and community partners are hosting tree planting events where they are inviting locals to come out and volunteer. Visit the Tennessee Environmental Council’s website for times, locations and registration at www.tectn.org/50ktreeday.
“This is a great opportunity for Tennessee State Parks to partner with an organization that shares our vision of a cleaner, healthier Tennessee and to invite the public into our beautiful state parks as first-time or returning visitors,” said Tennessee State Parks Friends & Volunteer Program Assistant Laura Williams.
Tennessee State Parks will have 33 tree distribution locations on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 1-6 p.m. and Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 8-10 a.m. local time. People can register to pick up free bundles of bare-root seedlings, which can then be planted anywhere across the state. The trees will come in bundles of five and will include each of the following: Dogwood, Redbud, Shumard (Red) Oak, Virginia Pine, and Yellow (Tulip) Poplar – Tennessee’s state tree. Registration is open while supplies last.
“People in Tennessee love planting trees, and it’s a top priority for our organization as a way to improve our environment, communities and public health,” said John McFadden, CEO of Tennessee Environmental Council.
The Tennessee Environmental Council has donated over 4,000 seedlings to Tennessee State Parks for participating in this event. To help enhance our public lands, visit http://tnstateparks.com/blog/plant-a-tree-for-the-future-at-50k-tree-day to see which Parks are hosting planting events on Saturday, February 27, 2016. This is your chance to plant a tree in a state park that visitors will enjoy for generations to come!
Area Counties of Service
This is a list of the counties that are close to or border Jefferson County that you can serve and help plant trees. Click here for the full list of locations.
Greene County, TN
In Greene County, you will get to help plant at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone, TN. You will meet at the visitors Center/Museum from 12-2 pm. The contact person is Dawn Elberbawy, 423-257-2167 or [email protected].
Please wear old clothes and shoes. The park will provide the tools for planting and water & granola bars to keep up your energy!
Hamblen County, TN
In Hamblen County, you will get to help plant at Panther Creek State Park in Morristown, TN. You will meet at the Rangers Station from 11 am-2 pm. The contact person is Jammie Treidel 423-312-3285 or [email protected]
Bring water and wear clothing that can get dirty. Gloves and shovels will be provided.