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10/17/2020 6:59:00 AM
ELMS Tree Planting: First of Many

Jeanette Johnson
Executive Director, KLCB

Keep Lincoln County Beautiful (KLCB) had thirty-five trees planted at East Lincoln Middle School last Thursday (Oct. 8th) by Alisa and team at Eakers Nurseries and Tree Farm, 2760 Highway 274, Cherryville (704-435-0767). Additionally, KLCB has collaborated with East Lincoln Middle School and the Lincoln County Schools System to ensure the success of this project. 

Native trees have been planted such as red maples, yellow/sugar maples, river birch, and American/Eastern redbud. KLCB 
plans to plant trees at schools throughout Lincoln County, starting with East Lincoln Middle School (ELMS) located at 4137 NC-73, Iron Station. KLCB has funded and has plans to continue to fund the cost to plant the trees.

Lincoln County has experienced significant loss of tree canopy due to residential and commercial development. Since July 2015, approximately 2,910.5 acres in the county have been disturbed for construction and building purposes. This includes all subdivisions, commercial sites, single-family dwellings, and other projects constructed that required building permits. Much work needs to be done to plant and protect trees that provide so many benefits.

We are excited for our growing community and want to help to replenish any tree loss to keep our home beautiful and our community thriving. The benefits of this tree planting project include replacing trees that have been lost to development, beautifying our schools and community, reducing carbon dioxide levels and potentially harmful gases from the air and releasing oxygen, educating students and residents about the important benefits of trees, helping to protect our natural environment, strengthening community pride, and contributing to the positive impression of how the schools are perceived by visitors.

KLCB and East Lincoln Middle School are allowing individuals to sponsor a tree in memory or in honor of someone. A donation to the Sponsor-A-Tree program is required by KLCB to sponsor one. For sponsors, displaying signage for the tree may possibly be permitted by Principal Heather Myers ( but permission will need to be granted prior to displaying the signage. Additionally, KLCB asks that any signage is not placed on the tree but in the ground using a stake so it will not damage the young trees. KLCB has hired a company to water the trees in their fragile stages so maintenance is not a concern for sponsorship.  If you are interested in sponsoring a tree please visit  

KLCB President, Patty Korn, says "Together we can make a positive contribution to a better tomorrow by planting trees, and we can inspire children to become environmental stewards and the next generation of tree planters."

KLCB is grateful for their partnerships with the Lincoln County Schools System, East Lincoln Middle School, and Eakers Nurseries and Tree Farm, to make this incredible opportunity happen. 

If you are interested in learning more about missions, projects, and goals at Keep Lincoln County Beautiful, please visit or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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