Montgomery man strives to make a difference with trees

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Chase Fisher's dream for downtown is starting to grow.


"For me it's about just doing my part," said Fisher.

Fisher is on a mission. A native of Montgomery, Fisher moved back to town about a year ago and noticed something right away; no trees, no shade, nothing to protect you from the stifling heat.

"I can walk from my office to the Alleyway and not walk under a shade tree," Fisher said.

That's when Fisher planted the idea of establishing the Take Root Montgomery campaign after taking a trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

"Chattanooga years ago had one of the worst air quality issues around. They took on a tree-planting initiative and they've done an amazing job," said Fisher.

So far, so good. The first batch of trees has been planted, 25 along Commerce Street. Fisher hopes to raise $50,000 by the end of the year.

Committed and dedicated, there's no turning back.

Chase Fisher is chasing an ambitious goal. Beginning next year he wants to plant 400 trees and raise $100,000.

"I think we are making a difference. When you walk down this street you can see and feel the difference with the trees. It's also great for the environment," Fisher said.

The long range goal is 4,000 trees within 5 years. Take Root Montgomery is partnering with the city's tree committee, a joint effort that would fulfill the city's master plan of creating a green canopy for downtown.

"I think in 5 or 10 years you'll see a fully shaded downtown if we start now," Fisher said.

Chase Fisher feels Take Root Montgomery is well on the way, leaving the days of barren city streets slowly behind.

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