Volunteers Needed to Plant White Pines in Chester Park

By KBJR News 1

Chester Bowl

August 21, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 9:01 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Volunteers are needed to plant white pine trees in Chester Park on Sunday, August 26.

The Alaska Wilderness League, in partnership with the City of Duluth, will be planting 32 white pines in Duluth's Chester Park.

"The planting is a celebration of Tongess forests in Alaska," says Lois Norrgard, Upper Midwest Region Field Staff with the Alaska Wilderness League. "We are actually planting trees across the nation in honor of the 105th birthday of the Tongass National Forest."

Duluth was chosen by the Alaska Wilderness League for one of the planting sites because of the number of trees that were lost in June's flooding.

"It will be great to get these beautiful trees in Chester Park," states Judy Gibbs, Trail Coordinator, City of Duluth. "We lost so many of our big, mature trees. This project will help diversify the habitat in Chester."

Volunteers are needed to plant the trees from 1p.m. - 4p.m. at Chester Park; all ages and no experience are needed for the event.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and spare shovels, although, tools and equpitment will be provided.