Town of Whiteland Celebrates National NeighborWoods Month

Planting a new tree in the Springdale cul-de-sac island.

Planting a new tree in the Springdale cul-de-sac island.

The Town of Whiteland today planted three new redbud trees on Forum Drive and Springdale Drive within the Springhill neighborhood in Whiteland.  This effort was one of hundreds of re-greening events throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods® Month by the national nonprofit Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees).

“It’s great to be working to beautify the Town at the same time other organizations are doing so too,” said Dennis Capozzi, Town Manager.  “We are happy to contribute to the goal to draw attention to the good work being done all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”

The Springhill neighborhood was chosen for the trees because of its vacant street islands. “The Town and residents have long talked about planting trees in these bare islands,” said Nathan Bilger, Director of Planning and Zoning. “The NeighborWoods program offered a great opportunity to add trees that enhance the neighborhood and give long-lasting benefits to residents.”

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Community and Urban Forestry program facilitated obtaining the trees for nearly 75 Indiana communities through a U.S. Forestry Service grant. Charlotte Creek Nursery, located in Carthage, provided the redbud trees now planted in Whiteland.

Founded in 1993, Alliance for Community Trees is a national network of over 200 organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. ACTrees member organizations are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that create cleaner, greener, healthier communities.

National NeighborWoods Month was founded in 2005. During the month of October, local organizations nationwide engage tens of thousands of volunteers to green up their neighborhoods. Together, Alliance for Community Trees organizations have planted and cared for over 15 million trees with help from over 5 million volunteers. Trees have a remarkable economic, environmental, and health benefits for our communities:

  • Just three strategically placed trees can decrease utility bills by 50%
  • Childhood asthma rates are lower in neighborhoods with healthy tree cover
  • Planting trees at residential homes can increase property values by 10% or more
  • An acre of trees every year absorbs the amount of carbon produced by driving a car 26,000 miles

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