Tree planting has been canceled due to muddy conditions

Ronna Lawless Staff Writer
During tree planting day in 2017, Duane Fiihr demonstrates to the Scouts and other volunteers the important flare on the trunk at the bottom of a tree. Herald file photo by Ronna Lawless

UPDATE: The community tree planting that was scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to muddy conditions. The new date has not yet been decided.

The community is invited to help with the 22nd annual tree planting on Saturday, May 5, starting at 9 a.m. A group photo and tree planting demonstration will take place just west of the new trail bridge by the baseball field and then groups will go to various places in the community to plant.

A project of Story City Trees Forever, the tree planting has been making a difference in the community for more than two decades now, and the results are tangible.

“Please come join us in this great community improvement project,” said Mike Jensen, president of SCTF. “You have helped us plant over 2,700 trees in our parks and along our streets since we started this joint effort 22 years ago. What a wonderful improvement.”

Local Scouts help with the project each year. The morning will start with a group photo and a tree planting demonstration. Then groups will disperse to plant, stake and mulch 28 trees.

“If everyone pitches in, we will be done in less that a couple of hours,” Jensen said. “We had great help unloading the trees and great help at our Tree sale Saturday. Let's make this as great a turn out and effort as last week. This is our last big project of the year — let's make it a good one and have fun doing it.”

Tree planters should meet near the new trail bridge just east of the high school baseball diamond.

Participants are encouraged to bring rakes or shovels, and gloves if desired.

Refreshments will be served.

The funding for the Story City Trees Forever projects has been from Black Hills Energy with matching funds from the city of Story City.