by Max Brantley
Nice to get a piece of good news on a slow day.
For years, I've been dropping notes in the Times about a small but particularly worthy volunteer effort to improve the quality of life in Little Rock.
It's Tree Streets, an urban forestry project that is no more complicated than planting trees along public right of ways in the center city. It is about to plant its 1,000th tree. Think of the canopy of shade this work will provide for years after all the hole diggers, planters and waterers are gone.
This Saturday at 9:30 a.m., Tree Streets, Little Rock’s urban forestry non-profit organization, will plant its 1000th tree since its founding. The tree will be located at Bernice Park on the corner of South Main Street and Daisy Bates Boulevard. This location is in the middle of this year’s project, the historic Main Street commercial district south of Interstate 630. Tree Streets is grateful for the support and assistance in this year’s project from the Quapaw Central Improvement District.
Dedicated to planting trees along streets within the urban neighborhoods of the City of Little Rock, Tree Streets has planted trees on over 150 blocks in Little Rock’s core neighborhoods, an area bounded by I-630 on the north, Roosevelt Road on the south, McAlmont Street on the east, and Woodrow Street on the west. Past projects include partnering with the Arkansas Audubon Society to plant 280 trees in the watershed of Swaggerty Creek in downtown Little Rock, a tributary of Fourche Creek, and planting trees in the blocks around historic Central High School and Mitchell Elementary School. Tree Streets was also involved in tree replacement relief following the 1999 tornado that hit downtown Little Rock. Additionally, the organization is committed to educating the public of the benefits of the trees within urban neighborhoods. Tree Streets’ funds for theproject come primarily from private membership donations. More information about Tree Streets can be found at the organization’s website,www.treestreets.org.