COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL)- Trees Columbus announced their new tree canopy restoration project, “Planting Shade,” at Lakebottom Park this morning.
The project is an urban forest restoration campaign put in place to help stop the decline in the city’s tree canopy. This decline has been caused by age, disease, storms and development.
Preserving tree canopy has several benefits for the environment, economy, and community according to Dorothy McDaniel, Executive Director of Trees Columbus.
“We acknowledge and recognize how important it is that we try to continue to maintain not just an urban forest but a healthy urban forest,” said Mayor Skip Henderson.
Trees Columbus has already planted 14,000 trees since its founding 19 years ago according to Travis Wade, President of the Board of Directors of Trees Columbus. This new project aims to add more than 1,000 trees to the Columbus area within the next three years.
“Planting Shade” will kick off Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lakebottom Park with a tree jamboree in celebration of Arbor Day.
Columbus residents are encouraged to be involved with the project through volunteering their time or yard for tree planting. For more information about volunteering, visit www.treescolumbus.org/canopyproject.