Fredericksburg, VA (December 12, 2009) – Today the Alliance for Community Trees and its local affiliate, Tree Fredericksburg, planted 120 large evergreen trees along a third-of-a-mile section of railroad tracks in the Mayfield community. A dedication ceremony will be held December 19th at the site. The planting, which contributes to a community driven effort to revitalize and beautify Mayfield, was made possible by a $22,125 grant from the CSX “Trees for Tracks” program.
“Trees add a great deal to the success of a neighborhood,” says Alice Ewen, executive director of the national DC-area based Alliance for Community Trees. “They promote livability, bolster property values and attract new business, as well as improve environmental health.”
According to research from the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture, trees can be a stimulus to economic development by attracting new businesses and tourism and encouraging residents and shoppers to stay longer. Shoppers are willing to pay 11% more for goods and services in retail districts with trees and landscaping.
The tree planting is part of CSX “Trees for Tracks,” a promise to plant 21,000 trees (one for every mile of track in the railway’s system) over the next five years. The railway partners with Alliance for Community Trees in similar events throughout its system.
“CSX is committed to making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and do business, and we are proud of our ongoing partnership with the City of Fredericksburg and the residents of Mayfield,” says Quintin Kendall, resident vice president of state government and community affairs, CSX. “Not only does planting trees improve air quality and offset carbon emissions, but trees act as noise buffers, improve wildlife habitats and add beauty to our communities.”
Past CSX “Trees for Tracks” events have been held in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Future events will be held in Miami and other cities.
The planting is being coordinated locally by Tree Fredericksburg, a community organization dedicated to improving and preserving the urban forest of Fredericksburg.
“The planting of the 120 trees along Railroad Avenue will be a real positive event for the Mayfield community. A living wall of trees along this stretch of tracks will help with noise reduction and airpurification. CSX is to be commended for their support of our community and their assistance in helping Tree Fredericksburg reach our goal of a green city,” said Anne Little, Chairman of Tree Fredericksburg
A dedication will be held with the Mayfield Civic Association at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 19th at Railroad Avenue and Tyler Street to celebrate the improvements. Speakers will include Fredericksburg Mayor Thomas Tomzak, M.D.; Rev. Hashmel Turner, Councilman for the district; Quintin Kendall, resident vice president of state government and community affairs, CSX; Anne Little, Chairman of Tree Fredericksburg; and Alice C. Ewen, executive director of Alliance for Community Trees.
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company’s transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company’s web site, www.csx.com.
Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) is dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. With 160 grassroots affiliates in 40 states and Canada, ACT engages volunteers to take action to improve the environment where 80% of people live – in urban areas. ACT member organizations have planted and cared for 14.9 million trees in cities with help from 4.3 million volunteers. www.actrees.org
About Tree Fredericksburg
Tree Fredericksburg is community-based organization dedicated to restoring
the urban forest in the City of Fredericksburg. Tree Fredericksburg partners with the City of Fredericksburg Clean & Green Commission, and Fredericksburg Public Works and Parks Departments to plant and maintain our urban forest. To donate or volunteer with Tree Fredericksburg please contact: Anne Little, Chairman, Tree Fredericksburg, at 540-207-4298 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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