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Friends of Trees was at it again, planting trees in February, rain or shine...and THE BEE was there

DAVID F. ASHTON - Planting trees in the Reed neighborhood for the February 8th Friends of Trees planting blitz were volunteers Alex Bruemmer and Denara Goble, who told us they live just down the street. Dozens of trees for planting were placed in their 'new homes' across the Reed, Foster-Powell, Creston-Kenilworth, and Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhoods, on Saturday morning, February 8, after volunteers staged for the project at the Mt. Scott Learning Center.

"Today, with the help of all of our volunteers, we are planting 170 trees along streets and in yards today," explained Friends of Trees Neighborhood Tree Specialist Ian Bonham.

"We have 20 crews going out to different parts of the neighborhoods, including two 'bicycle-only crews' who will be traveling to their assigned planting sites riding their bikes, with the new trees in bike trailers," Bonham told THE BEE.

DAVID F. ASHTON - On the February 8th the Friends of Trees winter planting day, this group of volunteers unloaded a street tree destined to grace S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.  Asked why thinks volunteers mange to get up early on a cold and drizzly Saturday morning just to get dirty, Bonham said, "We hear it's because 'it feels good to do something good for our neighborhood'.

"And because we have enough volunteers to make the work light, it's fun, and everything's accomplished before noon – and then the rest of the day is theirs to enjoy!

"You know, many people tell us this is also a great way to make new friends and meet people; although some volunteer return, from planting-to-planting, because they enjoy seeing their 'planting friends'."

Our conversation ended, and then – fueled with breakfast treats, hot cocoa, and coffee – the volunteers headed out to help the environment, and have "some good dirty fun", by planting trees.


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