Casey Trees has done it again! The restoration of the Upper Stream Valley continued on Saturday, November 12th, with the planting of 150 trees and shrubs along the Safeway slope. The event was made possible with the help of nearly 100 volunteers who showed up bright and early to help despite the fall chill. Coffee and bagels from Bruegger’s and Einstein Bros. were a welcome start to the day.
After a brief safety talk and introduction by Casey Trees, volunteers spread out across the site, scaling the steep slope behind the Social Safeway. Teams worked quickly, planting all 150 trees in less than three hours. At the end of a hard morning’s work, the volunteers celebrated with lunch from local businesses; Safeway, sweetgreen, and Rockland’s barbecue.
Many thanks go out to the Casey Trees team led by Jim Woodworth and Erica Young, who spent countless hours preparing for the event, rounding up volunteers and hefting heavy trees out to the remote site; all of our volunteers who met a challenging site with enthusiasm and grace; DOPC Board Members Helen Dubois and Liza Gilbert for their tireless help to make this event possible; and local sponsors Rockland’s, Einstein Bros., Sweetgreen, and Safeway who contributed food to the efforts.
We look forward to watching our new plantings of evergreen red cedar, white pine, and American holly; and deciduous black walnut, oak, pawpaw, sassafras, sycamore, dogwood, and sumac as they mature over the coming years. An additional planting of 100 trees and shrubs will take place on the site in March of 2017.