Oct 14, 2021
TREE-PLANTING IS FUN FAMILY EVENT
The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown is seeking volunteers from the community to help with a tree-planting project at Shepherdstown's Elmwood Cemetery and Morgan's Grove Park on Saturday, October 30. (Rain date Saturday, November 6).
The planting will take place from 10:00 a.m. to about 12 noon. The work will be easy because an auger will already have been used to dig the holes for the trees. Therefore, this is a fun and educational family event and families with children are welcome. Tools will be provided, along with coffee and donuts.
The event will begin at the Cemetery, which is located on Duke Street (Rte. 480), on the south side of Shepherdstown, across from the Middle School. No pre-registration is required and volunteers should simply plan to meet at the Cemetery gate on Duke Street by 10:00 a.m. After that, everyone will move to the planting sites within the cemetery. When the tree-plantings there are finished, everyone will make the short drive south on 480 to Morgan's Grove Park to plant trees there. Eight trees will be planted at each property, for a total of sixteen trees in all.
Last year, everyone who participated was required to follow the West Virginia coronavirus guidelines that were in effect at the time, and wear masks and practice social distancing. Those guidelines are no longer in effect for outdoor events, and there will be no such requirements this year. However, those who prefer to wear masks should do so.
The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club and represents a partnership between Rotary; the Shepherdstown Community Club, which owns Morgan's Grove Park; Elmwood Cemetery; and the Cacapon Institute, a nonprofit watershed-protection organization headquartered in Morgan County. The Rotary Club has organized the event. The Cacapon Institute is donating the trees and providing technical advice.
The goal is to help beautify the Cemetery and the Park, reduce storm-water runoff from both properties, and increase local public awareness about the importance of planting and protecting trees in urban and suburban environments.
This will be the fourth year in a row the event has been held. During the first two years, it was just held at the Cemetery. The accompanying photo shows the some of the crowd that turned out for the 2019 tree-planting.
For more information contact Rotary Club member Lois Turco at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-876-9141.