Press Release: Louisville Grows will Plant it’s 2000th Tree With Mayor Greg Fischer and the Schnitzelburg Neighborhood.

Louisville Grows
1641 Portland Ave.
Louisville, KY 40202
Contact: Jessica Pendergrass
Phone Number: 919-381-0784
Email: trees@louisvillegrows.org
Website: louisvillegrows.org
For Immediate Release

LOUISVILLE GROWS WILL PLANT ITS 2,000th TREE WITH MAYOR GREG FISCHER AND THE SCHNITZELBURG NEIGHBORHOOD ON NOVEMBER 11, 2017

LOUISVILLE, KY (November 9, 2017) – Louisville Grows’ neighborhood-based urban reforestation program, Love Louisville Trees, has a scheduled planting on Saturday, November 11, 2017, with the Schnitzelburg neighborhood from 8:30am-3:00pm. More than 150 volunteers and trained Citizen Foresters volunteers have already registered to participate in this one-day planting event. Trees will be planted in front yards, back yards, and sidewalk easements, and Mayor Greg Fischer will plant Louisville Grows’ 2,000th tree near the AMVETS Post 9 to commemorate Veterans Day. This planting is accomplished in collaboration with the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council, Limbwalker Tree Service, Louisville Grows’ Love Louisville Trees program, and the Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District. Volunteers are welcome to join this community tree planting effort, and should arrive at the host site, AMVETS Post 9 at 1567 South Shelby Street, by 8:30am.

Schedule for November 11th tree planting:

8:30am-9:00am: Breakfast and Registration at AMVETS Preston Post 9 (1567 S. Shelby St, 40217)
Volunteers arrive for check-in. Enjoy Heine Brothers Coffee, juice and bagels will be provided.

9:00am-9:30am: Welcome and Orientation
Following a brief orientation we’ll split volunteers into ‘zones.’ Each zone is led by two trained Citizen Foresters who will provide directions to the first address in your zone where you will plant a tree.

9:30-2:00pm: Planting Trees
The Citizen Foresters will lead a planting demonstration and then assist volunteers with planting trees in their zone until all trees are planted.

12:00-Lunch and Check-in
Lunch is provided at the staging site. We plan on maintaining our tradition of soup, fruit, and bread. Meet new people and share about your experience!

12:30-2:00pm After eating, volunteers return to their zone or another zone to assist with tree planting (if needed).

2:00-3:00pm Volunteers return all tools to the host site and say good bye!

Louisville Grows’ mission is to grow a just and sustainable community in Louisville, Kentucky, through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education. The Louisville Grows Love Louisville Trees (LLT) program provides urban forestry training to build community capacity in urban forest stewardship and organizes tree-planting events to assist with the reforestation of Louisville’s neighborhoods. LLT works to educate the public on the benefits of an urban forest, helps to guide neighborhood coordinators in the development of regular tree plantings and tree maintenance events, and provides trees to neighborhoods with a low tree canopy in our community. Through encouragement and community engagement, citizens are trained in proper tree selection, planting and on-going maintenance.

The LLT Program was created in response to recent research demonstrating that Louisville has one of the fastest rising heat indices in the USA, and has a significantly lower level of tree coverage compared to similar cities. Recent tree mortality from invasive pests, storm damage, lack of citizen forestry skills and the absence of a developed city plan has contributed to higher pollution levels, poor storm water management, and barren urban landscapes. Louisville Grows organizes tree planting events in neighborhoods near the urban core, where large trees can have the biggest impact as they cool streets by providing shade, purify our air, beautify our streets, and absorb and purify storm water. We also know that trees planted on residential properties can reduce utility bills and raise the value of property, particularly important in low-income neighborhoods where canopy development has often been neglected.

To learn more about Louisville Grows and the Love Louisville Trees program, please visit our website louisvillegrows.org.

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