A large group of residents gather for a photo on a beautiful day while taking part in TN’s 250K Tree Day, last weekend, supporting the statewide effort to beautify homes and communities. Participating groups included Northeast Tenn. Regional Economic Partnership Stewardship Council; AmeriCorps; Watauga Watershed Alliance; Sierra Club; Mountain Trails Riders Association; DMRA; Friends of Buffalo Mountain Trail #2. Photo by Dennis Shekinah.

By Tamas Mondovics

Welcomed by one the most beautiful days so far this spring, Tennessee residents including a sizable group representing Mountain City and Johnson County TN has turned out to show its support for the environment last week.
The draw was the annual TN’s 250K Tree Day, that urged residents across the state to beautify their properties and their communities by planting trees on Saturday, March 23, 2019.
This year’s event was organized by the Tennessee Environmental Council (TEC), which works tirelessly to maintain a healthy tree canopy in communities across Tennessee. Tree species offered to plant include Red Oak, Red Bud, Pine, and Plum or similar fruit variety.
Since 2007, TEC has planted more than 540,000 trees fulfilling its mission to educate and advocate for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee’s environment, communities, and public health.
“We are thrilled each year to be able to offer low-cost trees for the people of Tennessee to beautify their properties and participate in the largest community-tree-planting event in America,” said Jeffrey Barrie, Interim CEO for Tennessee Environmental Council, and one of the event organizers.