City seeks volunteers to plant trees

Published on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 23:46 - Written by Staff Reports

Community members are invited to help plant trees this weekend as part of the Mayor’s Tree Tyler Initiative.

The city of Tyler and Mayor Barbara Bass are seeking volunteers to help plant about 100 trees on Saturday, and individuals who are interested are asked to meet at 9:30 a.m. on the patio of FRESH by Brookshire’s, 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway, according to a news release.

Participants will receive free breakfast, and then tree planting will begin at various locations along the Old Jacksonville Highway corridor, according to a news release. Those who volunteer are asked to bring their own shovel and gloves.

“This is the fourth year of the Tree Tyler Initiative,” a news release states. “This year the mayor is shifting focus to plant trees along major corridors in the city. This will be the first of several corridor tree plantings this year. As part of the mayor’s initiative, citizens have registered more 5,000 trees that have been planted in the city limits. The city already has picked sites with proper irrigation for trees to be planted. The holes for the trees will be pre-dug.”

For information, including the history of the Mayor’s Tree Tyler Initiative and a registration page where residents can report a tree planting, is available on the Tree Tyler website, or call the Tyler Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry Department at 903-531-1179.