Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to Mark Milestone

Indianapolis, IN (October 12, 2010)- Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc. will mark NeighborWoods month by planting its 20,000th tree next week. The organization’s urban forestry effort is to plant 100,000 trees in Marion County by 2017. KIB will plant to celebrate the milestone October 20 at Washington Irving Elementary School, where it planted its first tree for the initiative.

October 2010 will mark the second annual NeighborWoods month. To celebrate this occasion Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) will plant their 20,000th tree to commemorate their progress toward the citywide goal of planting 100,000 trees in Marion County by 2017. NeighborWoods is KIB’s urban forestry effort to plant trees, engage volunteers, and educate the public about the benefits of trees.
On Wednesday, October 20, KIB will celebrate this urban forestry effort by planting the program’s 20,000th tree. A little over four years ago, KIB planted its first tree towards their NeighborWoods goal at Washington Irving Elementary School; this year they will return to that location to plant the 20,000th tree with students and community partners. The planting will begin at 10:00 a.m.
“KIB is thrilled to share this milestone with the school that was the site of the initial kickoff of this 10-year initiative,” said Andrew Hart, director of urban forestry for KIB. “Reaching our goal of 100,000 trees by 2017 is very important to not only KIB, but to the community in which we live and work. Neighborhood beautification projects like our NeighborWoods initiative bring communities closer together and instill pride in our surroundings.”
Since the program began in 2006, KIB has planted 20,000 trees in neighborhoods, parks, schools, greenways and along highways across Marion County. For more information on KIB’s efforts to reach 100,000 trees by 2017, please visit
To mark this occasion, KIB is inviting three key community partners to help plant the 20,000th tree. “By keeping focused on our work and the people that make it possible we hope to highlight the importance of what we are doing and encourage others to participate to meet this goal, said David Forsell, president of KIB.
Related Resources:
Inside Indiana Business- Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to Mark Milestone
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