TreeStewards Selected to Partner with ‘TD Tree Days’ October 5
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, has selected TreeStewards Of Arlington and Alexandria to participate in TD Tree Days, a community-based program that expands urban forests and green spaces in low- to moderate income neighborhoods. Staff and volunteers of TreeStewards and partnering organization Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation will join local employees of TD Bank to plant 40 trees at Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria on Thursday, October 5.
“We’re proud to partner with TreeStewards during TD Tree Days to nurture the community and the environment from the ground up,” said Joseph Doolan, TD Bank’s Head of Environmental Affairs. “Trees do much more than beautify our communities – they produce oxygen; improve air quality and slow climate change by reducing carbon emissions, airborne pollutants and smog; provide cooling shade to reduce energy costs; and enhance the quality of life.”
Now in its seventh year, TD Tree Days will bring together more than 1,000 community members and TD employees from September through early November to plant approximately 850 trees in 21 communities across the United States. TD Tree Days will be managed with support from The Arbor Day Foundation. Founded in 2010, the program has made a significant positive impact for communities and the environment as TD’s flagship volunteer and urban greening program, planting more than 285,000 trees and shrubs, primarily in Canada and the U.S.
TreeStewards is one of 18 organizations in the United States that was chosen to participate in TD Tree Days through an application process. “We are excited to participate in TD Tree Days because it supports our goal of enhancing tree canopy, with native fruit and nut trees that will benefit the community as a ‘food forest’,” said Kurt Moser, the TreeSteward coordinating the project.
In addition to Alexandria, TD Tree Days events are scheduled in these communities this fall: Delray Beach, Miami and Tampa, Florida; Mattapan, Massachusetts; Auburn, Maine; Detroit, Michigan; Asheville and Wilmington, North Carolina; Camden, Jersey City, Newark and Westampton, New Jersey; the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York; Chester and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Warwick, Rhode Island; Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina; and Alexandria, Virginia.
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About TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria
TreeStewards are volunteers who take the lead within their communities to enhance a sustainable urban forest through volunteer activities and public education programs. Our volunteer activities include: planting, pruning, mulching and watering of street, park and school trees; staffing informational booths at farmers’ markets and local festivals, in conjunction with Virginia Cooperative Extension; leading neighborhood Tree Walks and speaking at community gatherings; and advocating for trees wherever and whenever needed. To learn more, visit www.treestewards.org.
About the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation
The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is non-profit volunteer organization formed in 2016 following years of community efforts to foster the preservation, beautification, improvement, maintenance, and enjoyment of Four Mile Run Park. Its mission is to engage and educate the public, and to maintain the trail system and natural lands around lower Four Mile Run to improve Four Mile Run Park, and to foster respect and stewardship for this unique urban ecosystem and its natural, historic, and recreational resources. For more information, visit www.fourmilerun.org.