When 1,000 Trees Jax Organizers decided to launch their project at the 2014 One Spark Crowd Funding Festival, they weren’t quite sure if they would be able to reach their goal — to plant 1,000 native trees in areas throughout Jacksonville, Florida that merit restoration over a one-year period. All they really knew was that they wanted to work with community organizations to plant native trees.
By developing key partnerships with organizations like Jax Parks, Greenscapes of Jacksonville, The Timucuan Trails Parks Foundation, The Florida Forest Service and others, they found innovative ways to get the trees and the people they needed to realize their goals.
On January 24th, 2015 1,000 Trees Jax Organizers planted their 1,1003rd tree at Camp Milton Historic Preserve with the help of volunteers and community partners — three months ahead of schedule. At that same event, they announced the expansion of their project — 10,000 trees over a two-year period. Organizers hope to continue developing key partnerships that will enable them to reach the ambitious goal they have set for themselves, but they remain optimistic. “It doesn’t hurt to reach for the stars, because you might just land on the moon.” says project Organizer, Jenna Jennings.
10,000 Trees Jax has registered for the 2015 One Spark Crowd Funding Festival and has it’s sights set on the grand prize ($15,000) for the “Social Good” category — more updates on that will be coming soon!