A local group is working to make Raleigh a little greener, one tree at a time. Trees Across Raleigh (TAR) is an environmental non-profit corporation whose primary goal is to restore the city’s tree canopy by planting trees in public rights-of-way, along public medians and in public parks.
The organization was first launched in June 1996 after Hurricane Fran destroyed so many of the city’s trees. Since then, over 4,000 volunteers have planted more than 8,000 trees in public rights-of-way, medians, and parks at a value of over $1 million.
By working with community volunteers, Trees Across Raleigh seeks to improve the City of Raleigh’s appearance, foster greater community pride and promote economic development throughout the city.
You probably have seen their work across the city: Glenwood Avenue near Five Points, New Bern Avenue near Wake Med, Millbrook Exchange Park, Eliza Pool, Lake Lynn Community Center, Pullen Park, Lake Johnson and a host of other city parks across Raleigh.
The NC Department of Natural Resources, REI, Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County, Taylor’s Nursery, The Oaks at Fallon Park, and Filmgraphics, Inc. have helped to sponsor recent planting.
If you would like to volunteer or have a suggestion for future planting on public land, visit www.treesacrossraleigh.org for contact information, planting days and release forms.