Who We Are

In Indiana, a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a unit of state government responsible for soil and water conservation programs within its county boundaries. The district provides a means for all interested people in a county to work together for natural resource conservation and development. It is funded through a variety of sources, including county and state appropriations, money-making activities, grants, and private donations.

Each district is governed by a board of five supervisors whose roles are to evaluate local soil and water conservation needs and opportunities, to set priorities, and to provide for the development of programs to meet those prioritized needs within the district.

Historic Hoosier Hills Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) is an organization created by local people to bring people, rural development opportunities, and solutions together. The RC&D helps local people deal with many natural resource, human resource, and quality of life issues. More of a process than a program, RC&D is the only federally assisted volunteer program with an extensive nationwide network that is governed at the grass roots level.

Make Your Trees Count

Purchase your trees - seedling or container - from any source. Plant them! Then fill out and submit the reporting form below:


Or, if you prefer to print the form, use the link below:


All trees planted in Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Ripley, and Scott Counties will count towards the Plant A Tree For You And Me goal of 100,000 trees.


Plant A Tree For You And Me

is a joint project of the Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Ripley, and Scott County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), and is sponsored by Historic Hoosier Hills Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D).

This was initially began as a five-year project to plant 100,000 trees in the seven county partner area. From August 2007 to August 2012, it was actively promoted through workshops, tree sales, and the like. At the end of the project period, after 64,380 trees were counted, the SWCDs decided to continue to promote Plant A Tree in order to reach the 100,000 tree goal.

Mission Statement

Promote tree planting and aboriculture through education and technical support, creating a more beautiful and healthy Southern Indiana.


Primary objectives of the project

1. To educate people about the benefits of trees and their management.

2. To help the citizens of Southern Indiana plant 100,000 trees.

The result?
Our environment will be friendlier to people and wildlife, and our heating and air conditioning costs will be reduced.


Our Sponsors

The following are sponsors that have pledged their time and/or resources in support of Plant A Tree. We thank them!
We encourage you to contact them for the services and resources they have to offer.

Koetter Woodworking, Inc.
533 Louis Smith Rd.
Starlight, IN 47106

Nicholson Printing
209 Eastern Blvd.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

McCoy's Wholesale Nursery
McCoy's Landscaping Co.

8911 Highway 62
Charlestown, IN 47111

The Feed Store & Archery
11106 Dean St.
Charlestown, IN 47111

Clark County REMC
7810 State Road 60
Sellersburg, IN 47172

Earth First
9251 Highway 150
Greenville, IN 47124

Southern Indiana Botanical Society (SIBS)
P.O. Box 311
Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

Mills Tree Service LLC
Gregory Mills, Certified Arborist
229 Lone Oak Dr.
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 948-1958

738 Clark St.
Sellersburg, IN 47172
(812) 748-0499

Grantline Nursery & Garden Center
Steve Stumler, President
Bill Abel, General Manager
2223 Grant Line Rd.
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 945-5676

2750 Allison Lane
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 218-6600



Benefits of Trees

If every American family planted just one tree, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would be reduced by one billion pounds annually. This is almost 5% of the amount that human activity pumps into the atmosphere each year.


Trees remove carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen. In one year, an average tree absorbs carbon dioxide equal to the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles and gives out enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe for a year.


Trees modify local temperatures, reducing cooling costs by up to 30 percent by shading homes and other buildings. Less carbon is released into the air because lesser amounts of fossil fuels are needed to produce electricity.


Trees improve water quality by filtering sediment, chemicals, and other pollutants from runoff before they enter a stream.

The roots of trees planted along streambanks help bind soil particles, thus stabilizing the bank and reducing erosion.


Tree leaves help settle out, trap and hold particle pollutants such as dust, ash, pollen and smoke that can damage human lungs.

The tree canopy intercepts rainfall and reduces its ability to break soil particles loose to be carried away with runoff.


Trees smooth out the harsh and straight lines of buildings.

Trees, planted in harmony with the home or building, add property value.

Trees buffer noise and screen out unsightly views.


Trees help relieve stress and reduce recovery time for sick and injured people.

Trees promote harmony among people reducing acts of agression and crime.