Community asked to match donation
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2016) — An anonymous donor has contributed $1 million for tree planting throughout Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer, TreesLouisville and the Community Foundation of Louisville announced today.
Officials are hoping the community will match donations, said Fisher. “That’s an ambitious goal, but we know that trees are very important for our environment, our economy and civic pride, and if all citizens participate, we can get it done,” he said.
Susan Barry, president and CEO of the Community Foundation, said her agency will accept donations to match the $1 million. TreesLouisville will manage the outreach and focus of the initiative.
While the city will continue planting trees on public land through city agencies, Fischer stressed that the city also needs more trees on private land. To reach the city’s goal of a 45 percent tree canopy, he urged residents and businesses to plant trees in their yards and community greenspaces. Louisville’s tree canopy is currently about 37 percent.
“I’m asking residents and businesses to recommit themselves in growing our tree canopy by contributing their funds to this effort to buy trees, or their time to plant and maintain them,” Fischer said. “I am grateful to the private and corporate citizens who have started this effort, and ask the community to match the contribution and more.”