City receives donation of 1,000 trees, planting begins this week

Released by The City of Tyler:

TYLER, TX - As part of the Mayor's Tree Initiative, Artmire's Urban Forestry has donated 1,000 trees per year for the next five years to be planted at select locations in Faulkner Park, Rose Rudman Trail and Creekside Trail. The project includes all seedlings, amendments and labor for the plantings of Dogwoods, Eastern Redbud and American Beauty Berry. Planting is expected to commence today.

"We are so thankful to Artmire's for their generous donation," commented Mayor Barbara Bass. "This is a huge step forward in our effort to plant trees throughout the City and to keep Tyler's urban forest thriving."

The Mayor's Tree Tyler initiative was launched in early 2010 with a goal to plant 5,000 trees in five years. Residents are encouraged to register their tree plantings on the Tree Tyler web page Since the launch of the program, nearly 400 trees have been registered.

"With this new donation, our annual count will reach 1,400 trees," added Mayor Bass. "Along with our partnership with LT24 and the upcoming Tree Tyler Day, I have no doubt that we will reach our goal well ahead of schedule."

The City is partnering with LT 24 to hold Tree Tyler Day on March 19, 2011. Tree Tyler Day will give the community the opportunity to come together to work toward reaching the Mayor's goal of planting 5,000 trees in five years at an inaugural communitywide tree planting event.

The partnership sprouted when Mayor Bass spoke with members of the Leadership Tyler 24 class and challenged them to get on board to support the Tree Tyler Initiative. Many members of the class met several times to discuss how they could become involved and ultimately formed LT24.

Between now and the March event, LT 24 will be seeking sponsors for the tree planting event. With sponsorship opportunities ranging from a single tree all the way to 100 trees, the entire community, from school classes to the City's largest businesses, is encouraged to participate. A flyer detailing Tree Tyler Day sponsorship opportunities is available online at or on the City of Tyler web page at

Sponsors who have already committed to the event include: Leo Mack Jr., Adams Engineering, the Native Plant Society, Tyler Men's Garden Club, Salon Verve and the Bob Shelton Family.

To sign up as a Tree Tyler Day sponsor, please contact the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department at (903) 531-1370.