Fall is For Planting Month


WHEREAS, trees and plants support a healthy environment and are essential to human well-being; and

WHEREAS, trees help promote clean air, with tree leaves and roots acting as natural water filters that trap pollutants; and

WHEREAS, storm water is a leading source of pollution for Virginia’s rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay; and

WHEREAS, planting regionally compatible plants, particularly native plants, also slows the flow of storm water runoff, preventing it from running into nearby rivers and streams; and

WHEREAS, cooler temperatures, warm soils, increased rains, and fewer insects and pests make fall an ideal time of year for planting trees, shrubs, and hardy perennials; and

WHEREAS Virginia has 290 commercial plant growers that generate $272 million in sales; $1.2 billion in landscaping, installation and maintenance; and ranks 6th in Virginia agriculture commodity sales; and             

WHEREAS, stock planted between September and the first frost in November or December have months to develop roots to survive the hot and humid summer to follow; and

WHEREAS, the Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association has joined with the James River Association, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the Green Industry Council, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to celebrate October as Fall is for Planting Month; and

WHEREAS, Fall is for Planting Month is an opportunity for Virginians to plant more trees and shrubs to help reduce the flow of storm water runoff;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2014 as FALL IS FOR PLANTING MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.