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Despite snow and cold temperatures on April 21, dozens of community members gathered to plant nearly a mile of new trees along the Sulphur Gulch Trail in Parker. The event was sponsored by the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker, as a call to action by Rotary International for every member of the group to plant a tree, to further the efforts of Rotary with environmental sustainability.
Parker resident and Rotarian Clark Hastings organized the event, and said the group worked closely with Ernie Cochrane of Today's Nursery in Parker, and relied heavily on the town forester and open space supervisor Erik Stadsvold.
“Today's Nursery was really good to work with us on what types of trees to plant, and gave us an affordable price for the trees,” said Hastings.
The group had help from fellow Rotarians, Interact students from local schools, parents, teachers and local business groups, who braved the wet, cold weather to dig muddy holes and safely transplant 55 trees along the trail
Fika Coffee and Dunkin' Donuts provided coffee and hot chocolate to keep the volunteers warm, and Town Councilmember Josh Rivero, who also owns Fika Coffee and is a Rotarian, gave a dedication to wrap up the successful event.
Last year, Rotary International President-elect H.S. Risely issued a challenge for every Rotarian worldwide to plant a tree before April 22, 2018 — Earth Day — stating everyone should be concerned about climate change.
“Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone," Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda, The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary's concern. It is, and must be, everyone's concern.” According to the Rotary International website, the initiative will result in approximately 1.2 million new trees being planted worldwide.
“Who says Rotarians aren't a hardy bunch?” said Janice Hastings. “HD Signs made a great trail marker and it will stand proudly next to the trail that will now have much more of the color and beauty only trees can provide.”
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