Volunteers to Plant Trees in the Park
Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Parks and Recreation today announced that volunteers will come together to plant trees around Foster Park. This event is one of hundreds of re-greening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods® Month by the national nonprofit Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees). Kokomo Parks and Recreation is a member of ACTrees’ national network of local green organizations.
“It’s great to be working on an important re-greening effort at a time when other organizations are doing so as well,” said Randy Morris. “Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
Kokomo Parks and Recreation celebration will take place as follows:
On Friday, October 10 at 10 a.m. join Parks and Recreation staff at Foster Park to learn how to plant trees donated by Indiana's Community and Urban Forestry Department of the Indiana Division of Forestry. Those interested in a hike following the tree planting event may join The Nature Conservancy along the Walk of Excellence to discuss invasive species identification and control.
“Having local organizations like Kokomo Parks and Recreation participate in National NeighborWoods® Month shows that people all across the country care deeply about living in green, tree-filled communities,” said ACTrees Executive Director Carrie Gallagher. Founded in 1993, Alliance for Community Trees is a national network of over 200 organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. ACTrees member organizations are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that create cleaner, greener, healthier communities.
National NeighborWoods® Month was founded in 2005. During the month of October, local organizations nationwide engage tens of thousands of volunteers to green up their neighborhoods. Together, Alliance for Community Trees organizations have planted and cared for over 15 million trees with help from over 5 million volunteers. Trees have a remarkable economic, environmental, and health benefits for our communities:
- Just three strategically placed trees can decrease utility bills by 50%
- Childhood asthma rates are lower in neighborhoods with healthy tree cover
- Planting trees at residential homes can increase property values by 10% or more
- An acre of trees every year absorbs the amount of carbon produced by driving a car 26,000 miles
About the Kokomo Parks and Recreation
The mission of the Kokomo Parks and Recreation is to enhance the quality of life of the Kokomo community through well maintained parks, recreation facilities, programs and services protecting our environment, personal and social benefits, and economic opportunities.
Learn more about National NeighborWoods® Month at www.NeighborWoodsMonth.org and follow us on Twitter @NeighborWoods.