Volunteer Tree Planting in Whiting

Volunteers are invited to plant trees on Friday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Indianapolis Boulevard and White Oak Avenue in Whiting. Register at Eventbrite .
The Student Conservation Association will demonstrate proper tree planting techniques. Volunteers will then help to plant, mulch, and water trees.
Tools will be provided, and plantings will take place rain or shine. Volunteers should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring drinking water and a face mask.
For Covid safety, tools and gloves will be cleaned and sanitized prior to the event. Face masks will be required.
The Student Conservation Association crew is a team of 5 local young adults planting and maintaining trees in the Calumet region, while gaining valuable urban forestry and leadership job skills.
Sam Vergara, Student Conservation Association program manager said “Our crew can only plant so many trees in a day, but when community members volunteer, we can make a huge impact.”
Tree plantings are being planned for Saturdays through November. These tree plantings were made possible in part with funding from BP America and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chi Cal Rivers Fund.
The Student Conservation Association is a partner in CommuniTree Calumet, an initiative to plant 10,000 new trees in the region by 2022. Learn more on Facebook @CommuniTree_Calumet or www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEym9Glzk5g .
“Trees provide many benefits to our communities, such as neighborhood beautification, air purification, flood prevention, energy savings, and wildlife habitat.” said Drew Hart with U.S. Forest Service.