41,000 Trees Planted During National NeighborWoods Month

College Park, Md. (November 8, 2010) – During National Neighborwoods Month in October, more than 41,000 trees were planted by 26,000 volunteers in 192 cities around the country. Organized by the Alliance for Community Trees and sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation and the USDA Forest Service, Neighborwoods Month brings together local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and other partners to plant and maintain trees, and provide training and educational seminars.

“This year’s outstanding NeighborWoods Month celebration is a reflection of a growing movement for healthier, more livable cities. Dozens of major cities have declared city-wide tree canopy goals, involving residents and the private sector to plant and care for trees,” said Alice C. Ewen, executive director of the Alliance for Community Trees. “People everywhere are looking for simple, affordable ways to improve the air quality in their communities. Just by shading a home, you can cut summer energy use by a third, eliminating harmful emissions. What’s more, that same shade tree will clean the air, save money, and enhance your home’s curb appeal. Those are great benefits everyone can appreciate.”
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. The Foundation has a goal of planting 3 million trees by 2017 in communities nationwide.
“National NeighborWoods Month offers a unique opportunity for people to understand the contributions of trees to the health, beauty and livability of their communities,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations, the Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”

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