LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An anonymous donor has contributed $1 million to facilitate tree planting throughout Louisville, and now the community is launching an effort to match the donation, according to a news release from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's office.

The announcement came Monday morning, from Mayor Fischer, TreesLouisville and the Community Foundation of Louisville.

According to the news release, the Community Foundation of Louisville -- the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky -- will accept donations to match the $1 million.

"That's an ambitious goal, but we know that trees are very important for our environment, our economy and civic pride, and if all citizens participate, we can get it done," Mayor Fischer said, according to the news release.

TreesLouisville, a non-profit organization of volunteers that promotes the value of trees in the community, will manage the outreach and focus of the initiative, according to the news release. 

"Now is the time for all of us to get fired up about planting and caring for trees," said Cindi Sullivan, executive director of TreesLouisville. "We need trees if we want to have a healthy place to live, learn, work and play. So the question is: have you planted a tree today?"

Mayor Fischer said the city has a goal of attaining at 45 percent tree canopy. Currently, the tree canopy is at about 37 percent. While the city continues to plant trees on public land, Mayor Fischer encouraged citizens and businesses to plant trees in their private space -- including front and back yards, as well as community greenspaces.

"I'm asking residents and businesses to recommit themselves in growing our tree canopy by contributing their funds to this effort to buy trees, or their time to plant and maintain them," Mayor Fischer said, according to the news release. "I am grateful to the private and corporate citizens who have started this effort, and ask the community to match the contribution and more."

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