Volunteers receive planting instructions from Brian Conley outside of the Collett Park Shelter.
TREES Inc., in partnership with the City of Terre Haute planted 100 street trees in the Greater Collett Park Neighborhood. These trees were to replace 60 trees lost during a severe storm in May, 2010 and other trees lost in previous storms. A Community Urban Forestry grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources helped provide funding for this project.
And, in addition to the street trees, 17 gray dogwood trees were planted in the same neighborhood. The dogwoods were in addition to the street tree planting. They were planted as part of the TREES Inc. Dogwood program.
Planting activities began shortly after sunrise Saturday morning as 250 tree planting volunteers arrived at Collett Park on the city's northside. Breakfast treats and drinks were provided to help the early risers prepare for the labor to come. City Forester Sheryle Dell provided training to insure proper tree planting. After training Brian Conley assembled the volunteers for planting instructions. Teams then dispersed to their various assigned locations.
Most of the heavy lifting was performed by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Indiana State University students. Their help was invaluable to the program and greatly appreciated.
Property owners have agreed to care for the trees in return for having them planted in front of their homes.
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A planting team struggles to move one of the large root balls along Maple Avenue.