If you are looking for a partner to help get some trees planted look no farther than your local Lions Club. International President Wing-Kun Tam has challenged Lions Clubs around the world to plant one million trees in 2011 and 2012.
The Lions Club vision is to be the global leader in community and humanitarian service. Their mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. With a partner like that, your planting project will be in good hands.
The Lions Club reports it has chosen tree planting because, “It’s no secret that trees help the environment, but you may be surprised by all the benefits that planting a tree can provide. Trees are like the lungs of the planet. They breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. They also reduce erosion to save soil, help preserve local water sources, and provide habitat for wildlife living under more and more stress. Simply put, planting trees in your neighborhood really is one of the best things you can do for the local environment.”
Some of the planting has already taken place. Spokane area Lions Clubs partnered up with the Spokane Conservation District to plant 150 Douglas-fir Seedlings at The Feryn Conservation Futures property in north Spokane County. Fifteen Lion volunteers spent the morning of Saturday, November 5 performing site preparation, planting trees, and installing weed mats. The project was part of an ongoing effort to restore native trees and plants to the wetland area in the county-owned Conservation Futures property.
The Lions Club in Rockford Washington is making plans to do a community tree planting event this spring that will plant bare root trees in people’s yards in the community in an effort to increase the urban forest canopy of that town.
If you are looking for more information on the Lions Club, their tree planting project, or how to contact a club in your area visit their website www.lionsclubs.org