This past weekend, nearly 40 District 6380 Rotarians, a U-M Rotaractor, and members of the community put on their steel-toed boots and leather gloves—a change in pace from the typical business attire and nice lunches—and got to work putting 100 trees in the ground in various parks in Ypsilanti. The efforts were lead by Ann Arbor North’s past President Scott Nelson and District Governor Barry Fraser, with many leaders from our District getting their hands dirty as well.
The trees will positively impact our community and environment for generations to come. Bill Lawrence, President of Releaf Michigan, indicated at the District Conference on Sunday that these trees will help to filter water, reduce summer air temperatures, and increase air quality. Rotary International President Ian Riseley has even indicated that trees promote peace, as they “[give] people a place to sit in the shade and contemplate the world.”
This year’s planting was made possible by the generous donations that were made through the purchase of tree tags, most of which were purchased by members of our Ann Arbor Rotary Club. Over $6,000 was raised by this Spring’s New Member Class to cover the cost of the trees and a significant donation to our club’s endowment.
Each tree tag was carefully attached to the trees, 50 of which were planted in 7 Ypsilanti Township parks, with the remaining 50 planted in Rolling Hills County Park. If you would like to locate the tree(s) that you have sponsored through your tree tag purchase, click the link below for a listing with maps showing where trees were planted in each park. Note that not all 100 trees have been put in the ground yet, so your tree tag may not be on a tree at present. Additionally, in the coming days, an interactive map will be created showing the precise location of each tree, labeled with the name(s) placed on the tags. Stay tuned for updates!