Indianapolis, IN (September 23, 2007)- Students from Indiana University, Purdue, Butler, Ball State, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology joined volunteers planting trees along a Downtown interstate. The idea of the NeighborWoods program by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is to create a buffer zone of trees between the highway and neighborhoods throughout the city.
Saturday’s 100 volunteers planted 6– to 10-foot-tall trees native to Indiana — oaks, hickories and sweetgum — in a “mini urban forest” along Davidson Street and I-65 / 70 just east of Downtown.
“Views from the highway are often a visitor’s first impression of our city, and studies have shown that drivers prefer views of trees and vegetation along roads,” David Forsell, president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, said in a news release. “These trees will also help to clean the air of pollution created by cars traveling along the highway and will create a buffer zone to quiet highway noise.“
The volunteers planted more than 100 trees. KIB’s goal is to plant 100,000 trees in Indianapolis over the next 10 years. Employees of Young & Laramore Advertising, whose office is nearby, joined the volunteers. The company will also help maintain the trees.
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