Will you “leaf” an impact?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Take part in a “tree-mendous” event.

This Saturday, Feb. 24, 250,000 trees will be planted, in all 95 counties, across Tennessee in the largest tree-planting event in the state’s history.

The event has steadily grown over the years, from 10,000 trees in 2014 to 100,000 last year to a quarter million for this year.

Marshall County’s Henry Horton State Park will again serve as a distribution center for the seedlings.

The park is scheduled to have Wild Plum, Loblolly Pine, Redbud, Red Oak, and Tulip Poplars to give away on Friday, beginning at 9 a.m. The event is scheduled to run until 5 p.m. or until stocks run out.

Seedlings will also be available at the Lewisburg Recreation Center on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Tennessee Environmental Council created the event with a goal of having 25,000 volunteers this year. Over the years, the organization has successfully repopulated the state with at least 360,000 trees with the help of sister agencies. Their goal is one million trees by 2020. Seedlings are only $1.11, but the small investment goes a long way.

The tree-planting event objective is to promote and educate Tennessee residents on the effects trees provide. In 50 years, just one tree provides $130,750 in benefits including oxygen, air pollution control and storm water drainage.

According to Director Ed Carter of the Tennessee Resource Agency, he believes it unites people while allowing Tennessee residents to connect with the outdoors.

Things to know before picking up any seedling: keeping the roots wet is absolutely vital, so bring a bottle of water, bring newspapers or paper towels to wrap the roots and bring plastic bags to wrap each seedling individually.

“We are proud to partner with the Tennessee Environmental Council. Forest land covers over half of Tennessee. It adds to the beauty, the health and the economy,” Commissioner Jai Templeton from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture said.

Visit the 250K Tree Day website for details and updates.