Montgomery, AL (April 7, 2006)- The Montgomery Tree Committee informally began in 2001 as a citizen advocacy group to start an urban forestry program for Montgomery. The Committee exists to improve and beautify our urban environment. It assists in planting, conserving, and maintaining our urban forest. One of the programs supported by its membership and volunteers is the Capitol City Legacy Tree Program which lets individuals invest in the future of Montgomery by planting a tree as a living remembrance of a loved one or in celebration of a happy event.
In 2001, the Montgomery Tree Committee wrote an Urban and Community Forest grant for the city, completing the Montgomery Comprehensive Urban Forest Plan in 2002. The committee worked on other grants with the city and the Clean City Commission to develop data and ideas to benefit the environment and community, including a study of the feasibility of a walking trail along Cypress Creek, sponsored by The Kodak Foundation. Of real significance, was the Urban and Community Forest Grant the city received in 2002 for an Urban Ecosystem Analysis of the tree canopy in Montgomery, Autauga, and Elmore counties which documented significant tree canopy loss between 1986 and 2002.
In 2004, the City of Montgomery hired its first Urban Forester, Russell Stringer, who is assigned to the Planning Controls Department and acts as an advisor to the MTC. In 2005, the Montgomery Tree Committee incorporated as a non-profit membership organization and in 2006 was recognized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation by the IRS.
The Montgomery Tree Committee assists the city and county of Montgomery in growing and managing the urban forest by: raising funds to purchase and plant trees on public, government, and private property (where appropriate); preserving green space and protecting watersheds; providing education/training programs for schools and the public on the environmental, economic and social values of trees; and promoting orderly and environmentally sound development in the city and county.
For more information, visit the Montgomery Tree Committee.