April 26, 2019 / Seniors and students help make Knox County a more
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VINCENNES, Ind. - In celebration of Indiana’s Arbor Day on
April 26, tree seedlings were distributed to fourth grade students at
all Knox County elementary schools. Now in its 33rd year, the project
is sponsored by Vincennes University with support from Niehaus Lumber
Company, the Vincennes Sun-Commercial, and VU's Old Post Bookstore.
More than 450 individual Eastern Redbud seedlings were packaged
by members of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program on April 23. The
roots of each seedling were wrapped in a paper towel, dipped in water,
and placed in a plastic sleeve to keep the roots moist and healthy.
Vincennes University has sponsored the project annually since
1987 to promote the planting of trees as a way to improve the
environment and demonstrate community pride.
Since the beginning of the program, it is estimated that more
than 32,000 tree seedlings have been distributed, including Bald
Cypress, Cherrybark Oak, Flowering Dogwood, Green Ash, Northern Red
Oak, Overcup Oak, Red Oak, Redbud, Roughleaf Dogwood, Sawtooth Oak,
Swamp Chestnut, Tulip, White Pine, Willow Oak, and Yellow Poplar.
Each student also received information about how to plant the
seedlings as well as the effectiveness of landscaping for energy
conservation. Seedlings were distributed to fourth graders at Flaget,
Franklin, North Knox Intermediate, Riley, South Knox,
Tecumseh-Harrison, and Vigo. Seedlings were also provided for the
Civitan Children’s Center.
TREE FACTS www.arborday.org
Trees remove pollution from the atmosphere, improving air
quality and human health.
Roadside trees reduce nearby indoor
air pollution by more than 50%.
A study of 10 cities found
community forests save an average of one life each year. In New York
City, trees save an average of eight lives every year.
workers with a view of trees report significantly less stress and more
One large tree can provide a day’s supply of
oxygen for up to four people.
More than 20% of the world’s
oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest
provide quality drinking water to more than 180 million
In 1997, New York City spent $1.5 billion to preserve
the forested watershed that supplies its drinking water by purchasing
thousands of upstate acres of forested watershed. A filtration plant
large enough to clean New York City’s water supply would have cost
more than $6 billion dollars.
Trees lower surface and air
temperatures by providing shade. Shaded surfaces may be 20-45°F cooler
than the peak temperatures of unshaded materials.
Trees cool the
city by up to 10°F by shading our homes and streets and releasing
water vapor into the air through their leaves.
carbon dioxide (CO2), removing and storing the carbon while releasing
the oxygen back into the air.
In one year, an acre of mature
trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven 26,000
During one year, a mature tree will absorb more than 48
pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen in
Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air
conditioning needs by 30% and can save 20-50% in energy used for
Carefully positioned trees can reduce a household’s
energy consumption for heating and cooling by up to 25%. Computer
models devised by the U.S. Department of Energy predict that the
proper placement of only three trees can save an average household
between $100 and $250 in energy costs annually.
spent on planting and caring for a community tree yields benefits that
are two to five times that investment - benefits that include cleaner
air, lower energy costs, improved water quality and storm water
control and increased property values.
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