Successful October NeighborWoods Activities
The City of Terre Haute joined Alliance for Community Trees in observance of NeighborWoods Month, a celebration of the value of trees in the community and the volunteers who take action to green our neighborhoods.
NeighborWoods 2013 Celebration ReCap
The City of Terre Haute joined Alliance for Community Trees in celebration of October as NeighborWoods Month, a celebration of the value of trees in the community and the volunteers who take action to green our neighborhoods. Terre Haute was one of over 200 grassroots member organizations and network partners in 44 states and Canada participating. With Mayor Duke Bennett proclaiming October 2013 as NeighborWoods Month the celebration began.
Five events were scheduled each event was a collaboration between the City and various community partners.
· Limbing-Up – City of Terre Haute Urban Forester and TREES Inc.
Trees in the Sheridan Park Neighborhood were in desperate need of pruning. The trees were planted during the past 10 years as a result of various redevelopment projects and were never pruned. The urban forester identified the trees and marked the limbs to be removed so that volunteers could focus on proper pruning techniques and safety. After an educational demo and safety brief, 66 volunteers pruned 209 trees in 3 hours. Volunteers were from TREES Inc. Rose-Hulman Institute for Technology and Indiana State University. The City’s Street Department was the silent partner, they spent days collecting the debris.
· Holly Arboretum Clean-Up - Urban Forester and Friends of the Holly Arboretum
The Holly Arboretum is located in public owned Deming Park Eight volunteers applied the annual winter fertilizer to 161 hollies in 3 hours.
· 13th St Neighborhood Planting - City of Terre Haute , United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Habitat for Humanity, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) , Terre Haute Area Association of Realtors (THAAR) , Indiana DNR.
The City received a grant to plant trees in the underserved areas including city acquired properties from condemnation. In 38 degree weather, 30 volunteers came out in support and spent 4 hours planting trees. Trees were planted at each of the 22 UCP homes, 7 city lots, 2 habitat homes, FOP and area businesses.
THAAR purchased 4 additional trees to plant on their property. A total of 86 trees were planted in the 16 block area. It was truly a community building project.
· Invasive Honeysuckle Pull at Dobbs Park - City Parks and Recreation , TREES Inc., Sycamore Trails RC&D
Fourteen volunteers worked for 4 hour removing invasive honeysuckle for the natural woodland areas of the park.
· Reclaiming the Banks of the Wabash River Clean-Up and Invasive Honeysuckle removal. City of Terre Haute, TREES Inc, Sycamore Trails RC &D.
The City is planning on expanding the existing trail one mile south along the river. This section of the Wabash has been closed to the community for decades. Industrial factories that once claimed the land are long gone leaving behind a environmental waste land that has been taken over by invasive honeysuckle. Sixty volunteers from the local high schools and community partners spent 3 hours removing the invasive plant from the river bank. An acre of land was cleared leaving behind a beautiful view of the river and volunteers with a sence of great accomplishment.
Local business contributed $1200.00 in cash sponsorships that provided t-shirts and refreshments for volunteers.
· Lamar Advertising
· Mascari Landscaping
· Salmon Tree Service
· Elkin Brothers Tree Service
· Wabash Valley Tree Service
Local businesses also contributed $558.00 in refreshments, loan of tools and trees.
· Chick –fil-a
· Charlotte Creek Nursery
· TREES Inc.
In summary, 174 volunteers contributed 544 hours planting, caring for trees and removing invasive plants, with $1758.00 in supporting contributions from the local business community.