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Help the Harpeth River Watershed Association Plant Trees to Stabilize Stream banks!

It’s that time of year again – tree planting season! At the start of 2012, The Harpeth River Watershed Association set a goal to plant 10,000 trees. As of December 31, 2012, HRWA counted 10,438 trees planted into the ground. HRWA would like to thank all their amazing volunteers, many of which are Cheatham County residents. They would never be able to reach their goal without you!

The Harpeth River Watershed Association and 44 volunteers kicked off the 2013 tree planting season on Martin Luther King Day, a National Day of Service. Volunteers of all ages came out to Boyd-Taylor Park in Nashville to plant 130 trees. The event was a huge success, but HRWA still has many more trees to plant, and they need YOUR help!

HRWA is in need of volunteers for weekend events throughout February and March!

In February, HRWA will be planting live stake trees. Live stakes are long cuttings of hardwood trees that root very quickly once planted in moist to wet soils along river banks.  Planting them is fairly easy, but since the planter will need to do this from in the stream, this event is restricted to only volunteers 18 years and older.  Additionally, the live staking on February 23 will take place on a bank along the main stem of the Harpeth.  The water will be deep in areas, and currents may be strong, so we will be accessing the site from canoes.  For this reason, all volunteers for this event must be 18 years or older, AND have canoeing or kayaking experience, and be strong swimmers.

But, this doesn’t mean that kids can’t get involved. The volunteer events in March are all family friendly!

Trees are essential for a healthy watershed. They help clean the water by reducing the amount of polluted runoff entering our rivers and streams, the tree roots stabilize stream banks and prevent the landscape from eroding, and they even help control flooding!

RSVP to sign up for an event by calling Marina Metes at 313-410-0336, or e-mailing Please leave a contact name, phone number, and e-mail. Don’t be shy, anyone can plant a tree!

HRWA would like to thank The Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund for their support of the Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative, a collaborative effort with the Tennessee Environmental Council, to conduct stream restoration projects around middle TN.


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