The event, called Tyler Tree Day, will give the community the opportunity to come together toward reaching Mayor Barbara Bass’ goal of planting 5,000 trees in five years, according to a release from the city. Since the launch of the Mayor’s Tyler Tree Initiative in 2010, more than 4,500 trees have been planted and registered on the Tree Tyler website, the release stated.
Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Rollings said the goal for this year is for 300 trees to be planted. “Of course it depends on donations ... we planted approximately 300 (at the first event) and are hopeful we will make that number this year,” she said on Tuesday.
“Once we know how many trees we can purchase we will identify additional locations. Currently planned are Lindsey Park, Griffin Elementary, and selection of some road corridors,” Ms. Rollings said.
The city is once again partnering with Leadership Tyler 24, a civic organization, to help make Tyler’s urban forest a reality. The partnership sprouted when Mayor Bass spoke with members of the LT 24 class two years ago and challenged them to get on board to support the Tree Initiative. Many members of the class met several times to discuss how they could become involved and ultimately formed LT 24, according to a press release.
“We wanted to contribute to Tyler in a lasting and visible way,” LT 24 member and Tyler Morning Telegraph Managing Editor Brian Pearson said. “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 Tyler Tree Day.”
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 to educate the public about their importance, according to a press release.
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, but residents are encouraged to plant trees on their own property as well.
The Tree Tyler web page, www.treetyler.com, includes a registration page where residents can report a tree planting. These private plantings will be included in the count toward the 5,000 tree goal.