TULSA - Citizen foresters braved the downtown Tulsa cold weather Saturday to plant trees along 3rd Street from Detroit to Cincinnati.
Among them was Amelia Hobbs, a local volunteer of two years with "Up With Trees."
“Yes I did sign up for this,” she said Saturday, as temperatures dropped to the upper 30s and light rain fell on and off throughout the day. “I drive by the highway, and I'm like 'Hey I pruned on that site a couple of years ago.' I take pride because it's a lot of hard work.”
In the last two months, these men and women have put a total of 166 stumps in the ground throughout downtown Tulsa. Saturday afternoon they planted the last eight trees.
After those trees went in the ground, it was time for the group to make their mark.
The plaque downtown thanks the Klein family for their donation.
Now Up With Trees hopes to teach others on how they can contribute to the beautification of Tulsa.
“If you're walking around downtown and you catch a QR code, take a picture of it,” said April Hastings, director of Up With Trees. “It takes you right to our website ( http://www.upwithtrees.org/ ) and gives you all the benefits on what trees provide.”
And with all those benefits, Hobbs says her hard work is about giving back to something that gives back to us.
“Property values go up because of trees, but it helps the earth,” she said. “That's the most important part.”
Up With Trees hopes to plant additional trees in downtown Tulsa, but organizers are looking to the community to help.
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