Volunteers preprare for Earth Day

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Spring temperatures are finally here and local organizations are doing their part to help the environment.

Volunteers from Indiana State University, Trees, Inc. and the city of Terre Haute spent Friday afternoon preparing and wrapping over 2,000 seedlings.

The seedlings will be given away to school children and at various upcoming community events including the March of Dimes walk and ISU’s Donaghy Day celebration.

Each year the city removes over 375 trees.

But it plants only 100 resulting in a tree shortage of about 40 percent across Terre Haute. Now they’re asking for your help to create a well tree community.

“With the continued loss of trees from the trees that are aging, from diseases, emerald ash-borer is another big loss,” said Sheryle Dell, Urban Forrester, city of Terre Haute. “If we don’t start planting eventually you are going to run out, you just can’t keep up.”

“In order to keep our air quality, and our quality of life, and our shade, and our climate comfortable for humans to inhabit you want to make sure you put back as many as you take out,” said Stephanie Krull, ISU grounds manager.

ISU Earth Day is next Wednesday. Students will be handing out trees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on campus at the main quad.

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