Committed volunteers dug deep while it rained Saturday morning and planted 46 trees at Case Middle School and Watertown High School.
They were taking part in the 22nd Annual Fall Volunteer Tree Planting Project, organized by Planning and Community Development Director Michael A. Lumbis and City Planner and Urban Forestry Coordinator Michael J. DeMarco.
Groups helping with the planting included Tree Watertown, the Watertown City School District, Immaculate Heart Central Schools, city staff, Department of Environmental Conservation staff and members of the public.
Several varieties of trees were planted, including honey locust (Gleditsia tricanthos) and crab apple (Malus ‘Adirondack’). They were planted using a bare-root method, which is more affordable — and easier on volunteers.
The trees and other supplies for the event were funded by the Northern New York Community Foundation’s Carolyn Whitney Tree Fund.
The Department of Public Works helped to prepare the site and provided tools. It will carry out weekly watering of the trees during the 2024 season.
DeMarco said that by planting trees on school campuses now, they are looking out for future generations of students.
“We are planting trees for right now, but we’re also planting future canopy, future shade, future mature trees that people will walk by and say ‘Wow!’” he said.
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