In April 2014, IDEAS Leaders – Jenna Jennings & Viktor El-Saieh took their concept for reforesting local ecosystems to the One Spark crowd funding festival. Since raising just over $550.00 at One Spark, 1,000 Trees Jax has managed to get their planting efforts underway and get noticed by the community in the process.
On August 19th, 2014, 1,000 Trees Jax hosted the initiatives’ first organized tree planting event at Confederate Park in Jacksonville’s Urban Core. The event was a collaboration between 1,000 Trees Jax, JEA, Jax Parks,and community volunteers. Together, the group planted over 15 native tree species that will soon create a more shaded and enjoyable area for park patrons. Tree species included Bald Cypress, Live Oak, River Birch, Redbud, Cedar and Holly. The Urban Core of Jacksonville’s Downtown is a concrete landscape with little vegetation and shade for protection during Florida’s brutally hot summers. Jax Parks was an important partner in identifying which areas of public land in Downtown Jacksonville could benefit from increased tree canopy.