Tree Planters Needed

Posted at: 09/16/2013 10:41 PM | Updated at: 09/16/2013 11:01 PM
By: Darren Danielson

Monday evening was a beautiful night for a walk in the woods.  One small group that was out and about though, was actually on a work mission.

A handful of volunteers were out planting baby white pines and upland pin oak along Duluth's Amity Creek for a stream restoration project.

George Host is the leader of the pack.  He is with Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute. Host says aspen trees live 80 to 100 years and the forest near Lester Park is nearing the end of it's lifespan. He says September is a perfect time to replant, so they are out doing just that.

"In September, chances of survival are very good, soil moisture is up, the newly planted trees get a little bit of root growth over winter and come back in spring," said Host.

The work is needed to restore the watershed and help prevent the kind of flood damage we saw last year. There are more planting sessions planned and volunteers are needed:

  • Sunday, Sept. 22; Irving Park from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Seven Bridges Road.  
  • Monday, September 23; a crew is needed at the Hartley Nature Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26th; the last planting session scheduled for the Lakewalk Extension between London Road and Superior Street at 61st Avenue East from 5:30-7:30.

You can register by contacting Cheryl Skafte, City of Duluth Volunteer Coordinator at (218) 393-9879 or cskafte@duluthmn.gov  

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