Tennessee Environmental Council hosting 250K Tree Day event, deadline approaching

“We had fun planting our trees! Thanks!” - Marty Matthews, Tipton County. (Tennessee Environmental Council)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - Tennessee is going to start looking greener soon.

The Tennessee Environmental Council is hosting 250K Tree Day, a statewide event on Feb. 24, with the goal to plant 250,000 trees.

The Council’s Tennessee Tree Program was created to help repopulate millions of trees across the state.

The organization says it has planted more than 360,000 trees with the help of volunteers statewide and plans to have 25,000 volunteers this year from various cities across Tennessee.

The organization aims to educate and advocate for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee's environment, communities and public health.

“Trees help protect our state’s most important natural resources,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “They are vital for maintaining water quality, healthy air, flood prevention, wildlife habitat and healthy communities."

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) are collaborating with the Council on this statewide event.

“We could not host this successful event without our collaborative partners and sponsors. We are grateful for the hard work of our volunteers and distributors throughout all 95 counties,” said John McFadden, CEO of the Tennessee Environmental Council.

Visit the 250K Tree Day website for details, tree registration and important updates.

Tennessee residents are invited to order trees to plant for 250K Tree Day at

The deadline is Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at midnight.