Fall is a great time to plant trees! On Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., Tree Watertown, the City's Street Tree Advisory Board, will be conducting its 13th annual fall tree planting project.
The project will involve the planting of 26 trees around the Watertown High School Campus and at Immaculate Heart Central High School.
The Northern New York Community Foundation has awarded the City of Watertown a $3,000 grant from the Carolyn Whitney Tree Planting Fund for the project. The grant will pay for the purchase of the trees and supplies.
The project will bring together multiple organizations who will be working together to help beautify not only the school grounds, but the entire community. It will further the goals of Tree Watertown by increasing the tree canopy in the City and educating the community
about the benefits of planting trees.
Project partners include the City of Watertown who has provided technical assistance and grant administration for the project while the Department of Public Works has assisted by pre-digging the tree planting holes. Tree Watertown members will be joined by Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension to lead volunteers in proper tree planting techniques. Student volunteers from Watertown High School’s Youth Philanthropy Council,
Immaculate Heart Central’s Faith Community Service Program and Year I and II Confirmation Classes from Holy Family Church will assist in completing the tree planting.
The fall tree planting has become an annual project for Tree Watertown and supplements other spring tree planting efforts in the City. Trees planted during any season
improve the community’s quality of life, provide beauty and shade for our neighborhoods, schools and parks and help clean the air by filtering pollution and producing oxygen.
Anyone interested in participating is invited to join Tree Watertown beginning at 9:00 a.m. in front of Watertown High School on Washington Street to help plant the trees.