Raleigh program plants 10,000th tree

Posted October 15, 2010 3:31 p.m. EDT

— Mayor Charles Meeker on Friday planted the 10,000th tree in the Raleigh NeighborWoods program.

Established in 2004, Raleigh NeighborWoods is a cooperative effort between the city and local residents. The city Parks and Recreation Department staff identifies rights-of-way that are most in need of trees. Neighborhoods with the least canopy are selected, and city staff also evaluates requests for street trees from neighborhood and civic groups.

Joining Meeker in the tree-planting at Nash Square Park downtown was Neil Williams, a Raleigh resident who was selected from among donors to the NeighborWoods program. His name will be on a plaque at the base of the tree.