Since the mid 1970’s, Watertown Noon Rotary has planted over 2,000 trees in the city and will continue this annual trend in late April.
On Saturday, April 21st the Watertown Noon Rotary, in partnership with the City of Watertown, will be planting 50 trees, of several varieties, throughout the Factory Square Park and Salina Street area in Watertown.
The annual tree planting began in the mid 1970’s when there was an ice storm that devastated many of the trees in Watertown. Jeff Wood, head of the Noon Rotary tree planting committee told MyABC50.com that at that time the members joined together and wanted to do something to assist with the damage.
“At that time the members wanted to do something to give back to the community that was visible,” said Mr. Wood.
Mr. Wood continued that through the partnership with the City of Watertown the event is able to continue each year.
“The City does a lot of the leg work for us, and we are so grateful for that,” said Mr. Wood.
The spring planting efforts include a partnership with various local organizations that provide funding and volunteer support.
Tree purchases are made possible by a $5,000 grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Urban and Community Forestry Program through appropriations from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), $5,000 in matching funds from the City and a generous grant of $2,000 from the Watertown Noon Rotary Club.