Tree-planting volunteers needed for Oct. 16 event

Tree-planting volunteers needed for Oct. 16 event

The Tennessee Environmental Council is partnering with Middle Tennessee State University’s Stormwater Program and the city of Murfreesboro for an Oct. 16 tree-planting event along Garrison Creek.

The Environmental Council is seeking volunteers to help plant approximately 200 trees along the creek in east Murfreesboro.

The council is coordinating the project and will be donating the trees for planting along the city stream property. MTSU is assisting with local outreach, publicity and recruiting student and community volunteers.

According to the council, the overall goal of the project is to develop a stream protection zone to improve the local water quality.

The plants and trees along the stream will filter out “urban pollutants” (yard chemicals, oils that leak onto pavement, loose dirt, etc.) that flow into the stream when it rains. The trees will also cool the water and provide a canopy that improves the home for fish and other aquatic wildlife.

The tree-planting effort is the second phase of a project that began earlier this year to develop this streamside protection zone.

Details on the Oct. 16 event follow:

Where: Kroger, 2050 Lascassas Pike. (Park along the outside edge of the center parking lot; look for volunteer signs.)

When: Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (This event is part of the MTSU Alternative Fall Break Service.)

What to Bring: Appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather, gloves, sunscreen, bug spray and shovels if available.

Pre-Register Online: Go to and click on the registration link at the bottom of the page.

The Council will provide lunch for volunteers after the planting.

For more information, call John McFadden, executive director of the Tennessee Environmental Council, at 615-330-5364 or visit

To learn more about MTSU’s Stormwater Program and upcoming activities, visit