Evanston Rotarians Partner with the City and Northwestern to Plant 120 Trees
Two local Evanston Rotary clubs will plant 100 trees in the city on Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. as part of the Trees for Evanston Parks project, with support from the City of Evanston and Northwestern University. The 100 new trees are in addition to 20 trees planted by the clubs last fall.
Every year, Evanston loses trees to disease, storm damage, heat stress and age. Over the past few years, the city lost more than 3,500 ash trees to the emerald ash borer, so local Rotary club members took the lead to plant new trees.
The Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse and the Rotary Club of Evanston have been collecting donations on a per-tree basis, so individuals could buy trees as gifts to others or to honor a loved one, and then help plant it.
Rotarians have been working with the City’s arborist, who has helped to identify the types of trees they should plant, and where and how to plant them. The City will provide support for the continuing care of the young trees. The types of trees being planted include Eastern Redbud, River Birch, Frontier Elm, Kentucky Coffee Tree, Burr Oak, and Shingle Oak.
Last fall, Rotary club members and volunteers planted trees in Penny, Eiden, Grey, Southwest, and Dobson/Brummel Parks. The tree planting on May 5 will take place in four parks: Elliot Park by Lake Michigan; James Park in southwest Evanston; and Twiggs and Harbert Parks along the east side of the North Shore Channel (canal) near McCormick Boulevard. Following the tree planting, all are welcome to come to the Celtic Knot, 626 Church St., at 11:30 a.m. for a celebration.
For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, you may dial 311 directly while in Evanston.
About Rotary Clubs
Evanston Rotary clubs get involved with and support projects that make a difference here in Evanston and abroad. Last year, proceeds from their “Hungry for Work” Taste of Evanston fundraiser benefitted the Evanston Work Ethics program for ETHS students, No Boundaries work readiness programs for disabled people, and Evanston Re-Building Warehouse worker training program. This year’s Taste of Evanston will be held on July 8 to raise money to help end homelessness in our community.
Rotary International is an membership organization with more than 35,000 Rotary clubs. Rotary clubs focus on today’s most pressing challenges: fighting disease (with a special emphasis on eliminating polio), providing clean water, supporting education, and promoting peace. The worldwide headquarters of Rotary International is located in downtown Evanston.