PWC’s Tree Power program focuses on increasing awareness of the importance of proper planting and protecting trees in urban areas. Tree planting projects, educational seminars, and special community outreach make up the program.
PWC annually gives out up to 1,000 tree seedlings packaged with tree planting education material. PWC promotes tree power through print, online, and televised distribution opportunities (employee newsletter, customer newsletter, television show, website, etc.).
Through outreach, PWC provides educational material and tree seedlings at special events such as the PWC Expo, 4th Friday, Arbor Day and Earth Day activities. In addition, FTCC has held continuing education courses for proper tree planting based on the PWC material “Plan. Plant. Protect.”
Tree Power was initiated in FY2014 with projects partially funded by the NC Forest Service’s Urban & Community Forestry Grant. A major component of the Tree Power grant was educational seminars. FTCC held a seminar to prepare students and volunteers for tree planting activities. PWC hosted a second seminar at the Carolina Home & Garden Show to share information on how to plant the right tree in the right place to protect power lines and other utilities. Participants at all seminars received educational materials, tree seedlings, and/or promotional items.
Enhancing the “City of Dogwoods”
To commemorate its 100th Anniversary in 2005, PWC provided 100 new dogwood trees that were planted along the Fayetteville Dogwood Trail, re-affirming Fayetteville as the “City of Dogwoods.”
Fayetteville PWC partnered with the Dogwood Festival to enhance the 20-mile trail that is a display of horticulture brilliance and historical significance. The new trail is a year round source of education and entertainment for citizens and guests, a legacy that will grow well into the next century.
The trail begins at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden and winds through many neighborhoods where you will find beautiful historic homes from the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to the natural beauty and historical sites, trail-goers will learn about the many different styles of architecture in this area. Other sights along the trail include The Rose Garden of Fayetteville Technical Community College, the Downtown Historical District and various art, military, and historical sites.
The 100 new trees were planted at both residential and points of interest along the trail. A dedication of the trail was held April 11, 2005 at the Martin Luther King Memorial Park, one of 18 Fayetteville City Parks, and a noted point of interest along the Dogwood Trail.