1:10pm

Wed February 1, 2012
MTSU Students and Faculty Registerd to Help

Enviro. Group to Plant 3000 Trees In Murf.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The Tennessee Environmental Council is looking for volunteers to join them in planting 3000 trees this weekend in Murfreesboro.

The effort is part of a larger campaign to plant 1 million trees in Tennessee.

Council Executive Director John McFadden notes that trees can improve property values, cut down on soil erosion, and even reduce instances of some illnesses.

"Communities that have more trees have less lung disease and less asthma, because trees actually filter out pollutants in the air and protect our air quality. But they also provide habitat for song birds - things like that - that we all enjoy and that enhance our quality of life."

McFadden will meet volunteers this Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Kroger at corner of Lascassas Pike and East Rutherford Blvd.  A number of Middle Tennessee State students and faculty are already registered to attend.

Trees are also being planted Saturday morning in Spring Hill, Lebanon and Gallatin.

To learn more and to register to help plant trees, visit the Environmental Council's website: tectn.org.