This is a past event.
Recognizing upcoming Earth Week, the Rochester Arbor Committee and Village of Rochester have set up tree planting days in Village Parks. Over 170 mostly native trees of 17 species will be planted in four village parks.
Family groups of all ages, students needing service hours, and park neighbors are encouraged to participate in planting, caring for and watching trees grow. Directions and equipment will be provided. Potted trees will be onsite ready for planting and holes will be partially dug with an auger. Trees will be enclosed in a cage to prevent deer damage. Volunteers should be dressed for the weather and wear gloves and sturdy footwear.
On Saturday, April 30 at 9 AM, we will meet in Wanless Park to plant trees in a recently cleared 5 acre area which was previously sewer ponds. In case of a hard rain or lightning, we will meet Sunday, May 1 at 1 PM. Wanless Park is located along the South Fork of the Sangamon River and is accessed from the west end of Roanoke Drive. Wanless Park is a nature preserve with trails improved by Boy Scouts and is subject to flooding, so trees planted there will be water tolerant.
Village Public Works employees or Arbor Committee volunteers will be present to assist volunteers. The Village received a grant from Trees Forever to pay for the trees. These trees and those planted last year will be entered into a carbon credit program, by which the Village will receive annual payments based on carbon credit auctions, the trees planted, and maintenance of the trees. The Arbor Committee has also recommended to the Village board enrolling Rochester in the TREE CITY USA program which recognizes municipalities for progressive tree policies on public lands.
Call the Rochester Village Office at 217-498-7192 with any questions, including those about planting memorial trees.