Edmond, OK (July 31, 2007)- The Tree Bank is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Oklahoma through tree plantings and proper maintenance. By promoting urban forestry partnerships between non-profit organizations, government agencies, and the private sector, The Tree Bank works to make Oklahoma a greener, cleaner, more beautiful place to live.
Local nurseries provide trees for their projects at wholesale discount prices. Trees are at least 1.5 inches in diameter, five to ten feet tall or taller, of a wide variety of sizes and species for planting at schools, municipal parks and medians, churches, turnpikes, and neighborhood public lands.
The Tree Bank has distributed over 51,000 trees. If these trees were planted 40 feet apart they would stretch nearly 400 miles, or four rows form Oklahoma City to Tulsa along the turnpike! The value of these trees when planted was $12.5 million dollars and this investment in Oklahoma has grown to over $24.8 million dollars as calculated by International Arboriculture Society standards. In addition, the trees provide almost a quarter million dollars of air pollution removal every year. The Tree Bank has also distributed almost 89,000 seedlings through Hometown Trees, a national tree-planting effort. Many of the seedlings are grown at Tree Bank tree farms state wide.
In partnership with corporate sponsors, other non-profit organizations, local chambers of commerce and government agencies, The Tree Bank has developed gateway proposals designed as beautification projects at strategic entryways into municipalities. Among the most prominent are the gateway along 1-44 to downtown and Airport Road to Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and Classen Boulevard, gateway to Downtown Oklahoma City.
A total of 60 “Leaf It To Me” arboretums have been planted at participating schools. Arboretums provide numerous outdoor classroom activities as students of all ages learn more about trees.
In partnership with several agencies and non-profit groups, The Tree Bank developed the Sooner Haven Public Housing Beautification project, which was a 1996 recipient of the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Environmental Education award. The Tree Bank presented a program at the international gardening conference in Montreal, Canada in 1996 to describe the success of this public housing program.
In cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry, The Tree Bank produced three videos on tree maintenance. How to Plant a Tree, Proper Pruning Techniques, and How to Transplant a Tree. The public is invited to borrow or buy these.
For more information, visit The Tree Bank.