Saturday tree-planting to benefit Lebanon

A tree-planting event is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 along the Cedar City Trail.

The planting will begin behind the Eye Center Building at North Castle Heights Avenue in Lebanon. The trees were donated by the Tennessee Environmental Council through a grant from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Recreation Equipment Inc. and Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. They are Redbud and Sweetgum trees, native to Tennessee.

Trees filter pollution from the air, and from storm water as it is being “led” down the roots to the ground water. Trees have environmental, public health and economic value, which is why TEC decided to initiate a Tennessee Tree Project, officials said. The primary goal of the Tennessee Tree Project is to begin the process of reforesting urban areas across the state. 

The tree planting project is being coordinated by the City of Lebanon Storm Water Coordinator James Vaden and Tennessee Environmental Council Executive Director John McFadden.