City seeking volunteers to assist the Mayor with greening up our gateways

(KYTX) - The City of Tyler and Mayor Barbara Bass are seeking volunteers to help plant approximately 100 trees on, Saturday, March 8, 2014. Citizens interested in volunteering are asked to meet on the patio of Fresh by Brookshire's, 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway at 9:30 a.m.


Participants will be provided with a free breakfast from Fresh before everyone teams up to plant trees at various locations along the Old Jacksonville corridor. Volunteers are asked to bring their own shovel and gloves.


This is the fourth year of the Tree Tyler Initiative. 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 over 5,000 trees that have been planted in the City limits.


The City has already picked 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 Urban Forestry Department at (903) 531-1179.


Mayor's Tree Tyler Initiative

In accordance with the Tyler 1st 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.


With the successful end of the Mayor's Tree Tyler Initiative approaching, the city will be transitioning to a new program of Greening up the Gateways. 


The Tree Tyler web page,  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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