Planting Nassau’s Future

Planting Nassau’s Future is a Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) program. The primary mission of the program is to beautify spaces in Nassau County. As the eastern gateway to the sunshine state, we want to preserve our beaches, green pastures, timberlands, and all the beautiful areas in-between. Weather events, age, and increasing development can impact all of these environments so we must start somewhere in order to make an impact for all of our futures.

DURING JANUARY 2021 KNB WILL DISTRIBUTE 500 FREE TREES IN CELEBRATION OF FLORIDA ARBOR DAY – ALL TREES HAVE BEEN RESERVED

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The Adopt-A-Tree Drive-through events invite Nassau County residents to receive one or two 3-gallon trees at one of our free drive-through Adopt-A-Tree events in January 2021. To receive free trees, residents are asked to view the educational Tree Fact Sheets with explanations of all the tree species that were offered and a YouTube video on proper tree planting and maintenance. After using these resources, participants completed the on-line reservation form to reserve their free trees. After submitting the reservation form participants received a free tree voucher by email, one voucher for each tree selected. Participants will bring their voucher(s) to the drive-through event selected on the reservation form and our volunteers will provide tree(s) in exchange for the voucher and proof of residency**.

**Proof of Nassau County residency and a KNB tree voucher are required to pick-up free trees. Tree species available while supplies last.

We are pleased to report that all 500 of our January 2021 trees have been reserved! If you would like to join a notification list for our next Free Tree Event, complete our RESERVATION FORM and we will notify you in advance.

Contact: Keep Nassau Beautiful, 904-261-0165 or knb@keepnassaubeautiful.org with questions.

We appreciate our volunteers. If you would like to help distribute trees during our contactless, drive-through events. Choose one of the three locations to volunteer. Visit VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

In 2020 Nassau County Residents Plant 348 Trees Following Adopt A Tree Educational Workshops

The first project of Planting Nassau’s Future was the Adopt-A-Tree project, December 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020. Adopt-A-Tree was set forth with a stretch goal to enable the planting of 300 trees across all areas of Nassau County. Residents overwhelmingly responded and surpassed that goal planting 348 trees in less than 5 months. Adopt-A-Tree was planned as an actionable and positive response to the loss of tree canopy in Nassau County due to development, weather events, and age. The project was designed with an educational element to teach participants how to plant and care for trees. The location of each tree adopted has been mapped in a GIS layer for historical tracking of the success of the Adopt-A-Tree project.

How Planting Nassau’s Future Got Started

In October 2019, Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) introduced an idea to create a program to beautify Nassau County by planting trees. A sold-out fundraiser, Lobster’s for Limbs, was prepared and hosted by London’s Pub in Fernandina Beach. Participants knew they were donating to a new program with an aim for planting trees, but at that time, no program name nor specific project had been identified. Naming entries were accepted – the most popular was Planting Nassau’s Future.

Adopt-A-Tree Kicked Off

The first project of Planting Nassau’s Future, Adopt-A-Tree, was planned and executed with the support of Rayonier, Amelia Tavern, and private donations. The project had a stretch goal to enable the planting of 300 trees across all areas of Nassau County. Adopt-A-Tree’s first planting officially kicked off the project on December 18, 2019, with a privately donated 100-gallon live oak tree planted in Central Park, Fernandina Beach. The tree was donated by a local couple committed to protecting habitat and contributing to the community.

Behind the Scenes

KNB wanted to plan a project unlike other tree give-a-way program by providing an educational workshop and rewarding participants with their choice of nursery stock trees. Additionally, participants had three easy options to get involved – volunteer in a tree planting project, hold a personal or group tree planting, or arrange for a legacy tree planting. Kelley McCarter, KNB Board Member and Officer, and Certified Forester agreed to Chair the project. Kelley connected with Ms. Rebecca Jordi, Nassau County Extension Director, to partner with KNB as the educational resource. Liberty Landscape Supply helped acquire 280 nursery stock native trees. Nantonio’s Harmony Garden’s helped support the educational workshops and school planting projects with Crepe Myrtles and Red Maples.

Educational Workshops

KNB provided Nassau County residents an opportunity to learn about the proper methods in tree selection, planting, care, and proper recycling or reuse of containers. Upon workshop completion participants selected one or two free trees to plant on their property. Rather than provide seedlings, everyone agreed that providing trees in 3 to 5-gallon containers would offer the best opportunity of survival. Four species were offered ensuring the right species for the planting location. In some cases, KNB was able to support some specific requests beyond the main four species offered. The Adopt-A-Tree project extended across all of Nassau County. In-person educational workshops were completed in Yulee, Callahan, and Fernandina Beach prior to March 2020. Due to social distancing measures the Hilliard workshop transitioned to an online format. Trees were then delivered and left in a safe place to avoid contact.

Many thanks to donors, Nassau County Extension, partners, volunteers, and Nassau County residents who participated in the workshops. Together we are Planting Nassau’s Future!

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Learn more about Planting Nassau’s Future here.

Three Easy Options to Get Involved

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Volunteer at Your Convenience

Register to participate in a tree planting project or to assist with maintenance checks and watering our Legacy Trees. A KNB representative will contact you to confirm your interests, available time, and match you with a project.

Volunteer

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Register Your Tree Planting Project

View the Adopt-A-Tree Educational video before planting your trees. Send KNB a picture of your tree planting. We will post your picture in our Gallery and enter your name in a monthly drawing for a KNB Swag Bag!

Watch Video

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Arrange for a
Legacy Tree

Contact Keep Nassau Beautiful to arrange for a Legacy Tree to recognize a special person, place or event. Call Lynda Bell, Executive Director at 904-261-0165 or by email at knb@keepnassaubeautiful.org.

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Partners

City of Fernandina Beach
Clean FL Roads
Liberty Landscape Supply
Rayonier

With Support From

Ace Hardware
Amelia Tavern
Nantonio's Harmony Gardens
Rayonier