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  • Alice White/Chair
  • Linda Massey/Vice-Chair
  • Treasurer - Gerry Rutkowski
  • Valerie Ollinger/Secretary


  • Bonita Goldman
  • Allain Hale
  • Valerie Ollinger

Mission Statement

To promote the importance of protecting and maintaining a healthy, native tree canopy.

People for Trees, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group that began in 1997 as a grass-roots effort by citizens concerned about the destruction of our tree canopy, largely due to development.


  • * 305 street trees planted along N. Salford Blvd. (in partnership with the City of North Port)
  • “Tree Blitz 2009” (50 trees planted at North Port schools)
  • Our Annual Tree Festival (Since 1999)
  • * “Florida-friendly” Landscape & Tree Clinics
  • *Monthly “ Eco-Kids Club” programs
  • * Annual “Eco-Kids Blast!” at Dallas White Park
  • *“Circle of Trees” planted at North Port High School
  • * Commemorative Tree Walk along Tamiami Trail
  • * Tree plantings at the Garden of the Five Senses
  • * “Florida-friendly” Yards Tour
  • * “Kids Garden” at the Boys & Girls Club
  • * Drought-tolerant landscaping installed at the North Port YMCA
  • Assisting with school Ecology Clubs
  • * “Tree-mendous” library programs for children
  • *Speaker Programs
  • * Hikes along the Myakkahatchee Creek
  • * Annual NPHS senior scholarship award
  • * Six city streets “adopted” for clean-ups
  • Provide ongoing assistance and advice for residents on matters relating to trees and other environmental issues
  • Designed and planted a butterfly garden/native tree walk at Lamarque Elementary School in partnership with our local Home Depot.