Tyler mayor one step closer to goal of 5,000 trees in five years

Thanks to a $2,000 donation from AT&T, Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass is 30 trees closer to reaching her goal of planting 5,000 trees in five years.

“AT&T is pleased to be able to support this effort to maintain and grow Tyler’s urban forest,” said AT&T Representative Candice Gast. “It is not only good for the environment but it also helps keep the community beautiful.”

The Mayor’s Tree Tyler Initiative began in April 2010 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 and register them on the Tree Tyler web site (www.treetyler.com). Since the launch of the Mayor’s Tree Tyler Initiative in 2010, more than 4,500 trees have been planted and registered on the Tree Tyler web site.

“Because we are so close to meeting our goal of 5,000 trees, we are hosting a special community tree planting event on Jan. 19,” said Bass. “Our hope is that between now and then we can raise the money to enough trees to reach our goal.”

Those who want to support this effort are encouraged to sponsor a tree by calling (903)531-1175, emailing srollings@tylertexas.com or by completing a tree sponsorship form on www.treetyler.com and faxing it to (903) 531-1372. Donors may also drop off a sponsorship form at 2000 W. Front Street at the Parks Administration Offices in the front of Harvey Hall.

“The event is getting close and we need more sponsorships to reach our goal,” said Parks Director Stephanie Rollings. “Any donation would help; however, as little as $100 will allow us to plant a new tree in our community.”

All the sponsored trees will be planted on Tree Tyler Day, Jan. 19 beginning at 10 a.m. Volunteers should meet at the Harvey Hall parking lot for a rally and maps to planting locations. Volunteers will then head out to locations where Parks personnel have prepared the holes for the trees to be planted. Trees provide a range of benefits including, but not limited to, an increase in property valuation, environmental affects and aesthetic impacts. The Tree Tyler web page, www.TreeTyler.com 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. A flyer detailing Tree Tyler Day sponsorship opportunities is available online at www.TreeTyler.com or on the City of Tyler web page at www.cityoftyler.org.

By Joycelyne Fadojutimi