About TREES Inc.

 

30 Years of Urban Forestry in Terre Haute

Our Story

TREES Inc. is a local non-profit environmental volunteer group founded in January 1990 to encourage the planting of trees to:

– Replenish our declining urban forest.
– Educate citizens about the importance of maintaining our existing trees.
– Improve the environment.
– Beautify the community.
– Stimulate community participation and civic pride.

Importance of Trees

TREES’ founders were concerned with the decline of Terre Haute’s urban forest – street trees, yard trees, park trees and forest areas. In general, for every four trees that die through age, disease and other factors, only one is replaced. Like many cities, Terre Haute has had no formal plan or funding to replace street trees. Yet, the benefits of the urban trees are undeniable.

– Trees help moderate our climate and maintain air quality.
– Trees reduce soil erosion and provide a habitat for wildlife.
– Trees enrich our lives by making our surroundings more attractive.
– Trees provide privacy and buffer us from unpleasant sounds and sights.
– Trees attract businesses, shoppers and tourists to urban areas.
– Trees add to property value. Wooded urban sites show 10 to 30% higher property
values than sites without trees.

Your Donations Make a HUGE Impact

A Letter from the Board

Environmental Education and improving our tree canopy in our community are our top priorities as Board Members of TREES Inc. Imagine if we could take one simple action and reduce numerous health issues in our community. Now studies have been springing up left and right showing that green spaces and tree lined communities can reduce depression, reduce stress by changing thought patterns, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and even head off asthma and heart disease. Research has also linked urban trees to filtering fine practical pollution, managing storm water runoff, and cooling of the city streets.

The health and well-being of our community may depend more on our urban trees than what you may think. For far too long our cities have been thinking about city parks as a luxury, when bringing nature into our urban areas of the city limits is a critical strategy for improving public health. Not to mention, the studies also show the extreme benefits of reduced healthcare costs at the municipal level.

TREES Inc. has always felt that our motto has been “Right Tree – Right Place.” A humble street tree can make an ecological statement and for every tree that our volunteers plant, we should all feel a significant connection to the Terre Haute community through those rooted and established trees.

Volunteers

TREES Inc. has made an art form of assembling volunteers for every project, whether it be planting trees, tree maintenance of trimming and mulching, or sapling distribution on Earth Day. We put our utmost pride and principle in educating our volunteers in the task at hand for that special day.

The “Call To Action” and our goal in writing this paragraph is to assure and encourage decision-makers that urban forestry, within our community, can be thought of as an investment in community health and environmental education. Some excerpts for this statement were acquired by a white paper written by The Nature Conservancy: Funding Trees for Public Health: https://thought-leadership-production.s3.amazonaws.com/2017/09/19/15/24/13/b408e102-561f-4116-822c-2265b4fdc079/Trees4Health_FINAL.pdf

 

Kimberly Kimbler