90 trees for Vanderhoof’s 90th

Volunteers from the community will be venturing all over town to plant 90 trees in commemoration for the almost-centennial anniversary.

Next up for Vanderhoof’s 90th birthday celebration: 90 trees for 90 years!

On May 29, volunteers from the community will be venturing all over town to plant 90 trees in commemoration for the almost-centennial anniversary.

Organized by the Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative, it’s an opportunity to beautify the parks in the area, said NWRI’s Richard Burkholder.

All of the community is invited to participate in the event, and each volunteer will receive a lilac or small tree as a gift for their contribution.

On the day of planting, as volunteers meet at 1 p.m. at the Vanderhoof Community Garden, NWRI’s representatives will demonstrate how to plant and care for trees, allocate planting locations, and provide enough mulch and soil for the tree’s water retention and weed suppression.

Each tree’s location will be pre-dug, staked, and mapped through GPS; volunteers are encouraged to visit their trees for after care, weeding and watering as necessary.

Potential locations for the trees include: Pete Rodseth’s Park northwest from Burrard Bridge, Riverside Park, Ferland Park, CN Park, at the end of Sandy Beach Road by the Nechako River, on Pine Street by the Vanderhoof Community Museum, and Bradley Park by Fifth Avenue.

Funded by non-profit organizations Girl Guides of Canada and Trees Canada, the event is well supported by local tree nurseries and tool rental suppliers, Burkholder said.

In addition to several ornamental trees to be allocated to Pine Street and CN Park, Canfor also donated 150 local spruce seedlings to be planted along the waste treatment lagoon.

Interested participants can sign up by contacting NWRI’s sustainability coordinator Trinda Elwert at nechakowri@gmail.com.