The mission of Trees Knoxville is to preserve and increase the urban tree canopy on the private and public land of Knoxville and Knox County.
The goal is to grow a vital and healthy urban forest.
Trees Knoxville grew out of the convergence of the shared community and the Knoxville Urban Forestry Division’s interests in growing an urban canopy in Knoxville. A presentation to the Knoxville Tree Board in December 2014 led to the quick formation of a committee involving members of the tree board and several interest groups to assess the need for a tree foundation. The committee recommended that a nonprofit be formed to support the city and county’s efforts to preserve and enhance the urban forest.
Officially formed in 2015, Trees Knoxville is modeled itself after other tree organizations found in cities across the nation. Trees Knoxville received 501(c) (3) status in March 2017 and has become a vital bridge between the citizens of Knox County and all activities involving trees across the county.
Trees Knoxville works closely with the City’s Urban Forestry Program to increase trees on public and private properties.
Trees Knoxville’s Canopies for Campuses program has worked with 14 schools with a total number of 138 trees planted by 398 volunteers and putting in 628 volunteer hours.
Tree Knoxville has trained 112 Volunteer Foresters in a 12 hours course on tree maintenance and care.
Over 2000 trees have been donated to over 400 Knox County families and 1000’s of trees have been distributed to Knox County citizens through the TN Environmental Council’s annual 250K event.
Trees Knoxville has help plant 112 street trees with funding from TN Division of Forestry Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) grants and an additional 54 street tree planted in cooperation with the City of Knoxville Urban Forestry Program. An additional 235 total trees have been planted in City & County parks