Tree planting party brings new life to Duluth neighborhoods

By KBJR News 1

September 16, 2013 Updated Sep 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Dozens of people came together in the Lester Park area of Duluth on Monday for a community tree planting party.

The Tree Planting party gives community members the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and give new life to city neighborhoods.

The planting party is sponsored by the City of Duluth and the Natural Resource Research Institute at UMD.

Organizers say the free program is open to volunteers and is a great way to help preserve our neighborhoods that may become threatened by invasive species.

"One of the things we are doing is planting white pine and upland pine oak to be the next forest on this ridge top. There's also green and black ash in the swell below us, Ash is in trouble because of the emerald ash borer, so if we can under plant other species there, we'll get a jump on that forest as well," said George Host, NRRI Forest Ecologist

Organizers say this year's tree planting parties will focus on bike paths and riparian areas of the city.

If you missed Monday's tree planting party, the next one will be held at the Irving Community Center on Sunday September 22nd from 2 p.m-4 p.m.