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Help plant 250,000 trees in Tennessee

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Tennessee Environmental Council is promoting 250K Tree Day, a statewide event on Feb. 24 during which 250,000 trees will be planted by 25,000 Tennessee volunteers of all ages.

Tennessee’s growing population equates to more consumption and deforestation.

The Council’s Tennessee Tree Project was created to plant 1 million native trees across the state to help repopulate trees.

The organization has planted more than 360,000 trees since 2007, fulfilling the mission to educate and advocate for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee's environment, communities, and public health.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are collaborating with the Council on this statewide event.

“We could not host this successful event without our collaborative partners and sponsors. We are grateful for the hard work of our volunteers and distributors throughout all 95 counties,” said John McFadden, CEO of Tennessee Environmental Council.

In 50 years one tree provides $130,750 in total benefits, including oxygen, air pollution control and stormwater drainage.

The U.S. Forest Service found that more than 2 million acres of Tennessee’s native forests were cut and more than 500,000 acres of forest were converted to other uses.

Visit www.tectn.org/250k treeday for details, registration, and important updates.