The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board recently announced its “Northside Treecovery Program”; we’ve excerpted the news release, below (or read the full release here). The Minneapolis Parks Foundation is proud to provide an avenue for community members to help support the effort.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Minneapolis Park Board begins planting 3,100 trees in tornado ravaged North Minneapolis
The May 22, 2011 tornado that touched down through 3.5 miles of North Minneapolis downed 2,400 boulevard trees and 3,425 park trees. Today, following last year’s removal of trees, debris and stumps, the Minneapolis Park Board’s forestry crews began a two-month effort to plant 3,100 trees in what they are calling the Northside Treecovery Program.
“This Board is committed to greening Minneapolis,” said Park Board President John Erwin. “Last year, prior to the tornado, we planted 5,500 trees throughout the city. This year we’re planting 6,000 trees, with 3,100 of those trees in the four North Minneapolis neighborhoods hit by the tornado.”
To continue their Northside Treecovery efforts, the Park Board is partnering with corporate groups who are contributing funds and volunteers for planting of 1,000 of the 3,100 trees during the Park Board’s May 14-19 Arbor Week in North Minneapolis. A community tree planting event is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Opportunities are available for adult volunteers to plant trees on boulevards in the Webber-Camden neighborhood and for young volunteers to help water trees in Folwell Park. According to the Park Board’s Volunteer Department, there has been an overwhelming volunteer interest in the Arbor Day events and limited volunteer spots remain, with many of those designated for community members in the Jordan, Folwell, Webber-Camden and Willard-Hay neighborhoods hit hardest by the tornado.
The public support for re-greening the northside has been appreciated, and contributions for tree planting can still be made through the Minneapolis Parks Foundation at www.mplsparksfoundation.org.
(Photo courtesy of MPRB)