Iroquois and Southside Neighborhoods will soon see new trees planted as part of the kick off to the official District 21 Southend Beautification Campaign

May 11, 2021

Louisville – Thanks to the generosity and partnership of MSD, Louisville Grows, Metro’s Division of Community Forestry, and Brightside, Iroquois and Southside neighborhoods will soon be the recipients of 167 new trees. 

It is a campaign to align areas most effected by the urban heat island and combined storm water sewage system with a sustainable investment. Trees will be planted on both private property and in the public rights of way both on and around May 15th. 

“Neighbors and partners are working hard to make gains in restoration of our urban tree canopy.  Over the last 15 years, District 21 has seen some of the most drastic decreases in its canopy,” says Councilwoman Nicole George (D-21). “To accept and care for a tree, may be the ultimate act of community service.  Every tree has the potential to represent 100-year investment.”

MSD contributed $40,000 toward the plantings, Metro’s Division of Community Forestry helped identify areas of need, Louisville Grows facilitated neighbor engagement, site selection, and coordinated plantings. Brightside will be responsible for right of way plantings and maintenance.

“In addition to operating and maintaining Louisville Metro’s sewer system, floodwall system, water quality treatment centers and flood pumping stations, MSD plants more than 1,000 trees and other vegetation annually to enhance water filtration, reduce runoff and lessen the amount of water that enters our sewer system. MSD is committed to planting 1,000 trees annually through partnerships with local neighborhood associations, businesses and municipal organizations,” says Wesley Sydnor of MSD. “This effort will yield 14,000 trees for Louisville Metro by 2024. In a typical rainfall year, MSD’s annual tree planting will redirect 1.35 million gallons of stormwater from entering our sewer system, which helps decrease sewer overflows into our waterways.”

“It is important to Louisville Grows to partner as an advocate for health equity in District 21 by increasing the urban tree canopy. Currently, District 21 has a very low tree canopy of 16%. Through our direct engagement with the residents of the Iroquois and Southside neighborhoods, we are providing environmental education while growing the canopy by planting trees.” Commented Ked Stanfield of Louisville Grows

The Southend Beautification Campaign is more than a one-time tree planting.  Rather, the partnerships formed, and capacity built with neighbors will provide a platform for continuous action in improving health and quality of life.

“Brightside is proud to partner in the continuing efforts to replenish canopy trees in our community. Partnerships like these are key to the success of our planting efforts and a wonderful example of how combining talent and resources can make an even greater impact in increasing the tree canopy in Louisville that benefits all residents,”  says Dave Bell of Brightside

The campaign will kick off its tree planting on May 15th at 9: 00 a.m., tentatively in the parking lot in front of Girard's Hardware, 5101 S 3rd Street.

Volunteers will be needed to assist with plantings and neighbors are encouraged to come out, support volunteers, and learn about the trees:  www.tinyurl.com/BeechmontMay2021

 

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