Volunteer Tree Planting with Louisville Grows
UofL students, employees, and alumni are encouraged to volunteer to help Louisville Grows fulfill its goal of planting 1000 trees this year! We will be gathering together in small groups to plant 110 new trees in three designated areas of central Jeffersonville.
Over the years, these trees will grow and help to replenish a diminishing urban tree canopy in these neighborhoods thereby reducing the urban heat island effect, improving air quality, reducing stormwater runoff, and beautifying our streets. In recent years, Jeffersonville’s central neighborhoods have started seeing significant tree canopy loss as many of the trees that were planted when these neighborhoods were first built have reached the end of their natural life cycle. Numerous studies have shown that neighborhoods with fewer trees tend to lose value over time compared to those with many trees, so it is highly important that we are constantly replenishing our tree canopy in order to improve the health and value of these neighborhoods.
The need for trees in our city is greater than ever! Louisville Grows is dedicated to continue working with neighborhoods to meet that need. For the first time, Louisville Grows will be planting trees in Indiana! We are partnering with the city of Jeffersonville to plant trees on the property of Indiana residents who live in areas with low tree canopy coverage. This is an exciting opportunity to broaden our scope in urban reforestation on both sides of the river.
A limited number of volunteer slots are available to help with the planting. Because of COVID this won’t be the usual huge volunteer event. Instead, the COVID protocol includes: Masks or face shields are mandatory at all times; Temperatures will be taken; Hand sanitizer will be provided to each group; Groups will be capped at 8 participants; Registration will take place in a central outdoor location; Each group will be meet in one specific area of the location; Crowds will not be permitted to form; No indoor activities; Breakfast and lunch will not be served. We encourage you to bring your own gloves, filled water bottles and hand sanitizer. And, if you feel sick on the day of the planting, do not attend.
This tree planting is funded by the City of Jeffersonville, the Jeffersonville Urban Enterprise Zone and the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.
This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!