--- Issued May 21, 2015

More than  80 volunteers from the John F. Kennedy Center, Quality of Life Learning Center, the YMCA Kids Club, the COPPS Program, Master Garderners, the HACE Inter-Agency Team, HACE staff, and youth/adult residents from Harbor Homes and Bird Drive planted 250 more trees in Harbor Homes and Bird Drive.

They planted the trees on Wednesday, May 20th. Still more trees will be planted on Wednesday, May 27th in four different HACE neighborhoods.

When finished 1,000 trees will have been planted.

It will be one of the largest urban tree plantings in the history of Erie County.

Mohammed, left, and Abraham were two of the HACE youths who helped in the May 20 tree planting.  They named this black Gum tree "Abraham." The boys live nearby and will be watching their tree grow.

The trees, seedlings, are of  various species and are being planted in “tree nurseries” like the ones planted by Wangari Maathai, a 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner for her Greenbelt Movement that addressed the wholesale deforestation of Kenya.  Maathai established 6,000 nurseries, managed by 600 community-based networks, involving several hundred thousand women and men, resulting in the planting of 40 million trees.

Inspired by Maathai, the Erie Housing Authority and its partners are planting 1,000 native trees in nurseries at the John E. Horan Garden Apartments, Lake City Dwellings, Erie Heights, Pineview, and Harbor Homes, and other Authority locations to be announced.

For More information, contact John Horan at 452-2425.