National Planting Day 2017

Join Pride In McAlester, Saturday September 9, 2017 at 9:00am, at the McAlester Regional Health Center located of the corner Strong Boulevard and Monroe Avenue for National Planting Day! This year it is our goal to add 50 native Oklahoma Redbud trees (Cercis reniformis) to this city corridor that is accessed by an average daily traffic count of 8,000 vehicles.

The City of McAlester will dig the holes in advance of the work day and provide a planting demonstration. Volunteers will remove the plastic buckets from trees, place the trees in the holes, fill with dirt, and cover with mulch.  All supplies and trees are provided through a Keep America Beautiful / UPS Community Tree Planting Grant to Pride In McAlester, a local Keep America Beautiful Affiliate.

 

This year’s National Planting Day activities will focus on the importance of the native Oklahoma Redbud (Cercis reniformis) as the official state tree to increase awareness of native trees, beautify a busy area of the city, and provide a haven for native birds, insects and other pollinators. During the 1980s, the City of McAlester planted native Redbud trees along Strong Boulevard and Monroe Avenues. Ice storms and severe weather occurrences over the past twenty years in the community have caused significant damage to many of the city’s trees, bushes, and shrubs. Since that time, the City of McAlester, the McAlester Tree Board, and organizations like Pride In McAlester have restored hundreds of trees in public areas. The restoration of these plants is essential for the support of wildlife and the continuance of a healthy, beautiful and vibrant community.

All interested volunteers are welcome to show up Saturday September 9, 2017 at 9:00am, at the McAlester Regional Health Center located of the corner Strong Boulevard and Monroe Avenue. Gloves, shovels, trees and planting supplies will be provided. Bring a friend, or family member and become a part of making McAlester a more healthy, beautiful and vibrant community one tree at a time.  Share the opportunity!