Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Million Tree Project Update - Tuesday, April 7, 2009

It has been a long, hard winter and a cold spring so far, but the seedlings are on order and the planting date is set at April 18, 9-12 AM. This year we will be doing an inter-planting of seedlings on last year's two sites, both at Good Counsel and the North Mankato site off of highway 14. By late fall last year, the dry weather conditions coupled with some rodent damage caused us to consider adding a few trees to the existing sites. In addition, this year ADM has adopted a site on the southern bypass (Hwy 90) and will be doing that planting. Some additional help may be needed there so watch for updates. Because of the difficulty in getting to the North Mankato site, we are hoping to reserve it for the MSU athletes who we hope participate again this year.

As in last year's planting, dress warm, bring a garden clippers if you have one to trim roots if necessary, bring a shovel or spade for the planting, gloves, and water or food if you will need it. Remember there will be no bathroom facilities at the site.

You will also want to monitor your e-mail the day of the planting as it might be postponed because of bad weather. (Sunday afternoon the 19th of April would be the alternate day.) Contact me at this e-mail address to let me know if you will be able to plant on the 18th and how many planters you might be bringing. If Saturday the 18th doesn't work for your group let me know that too as we might be able to arrange a separate day for you if any seedlings remain after Saturday.

Lastly, with the economic difficulties the country is facing, contributions to plant trees have, of course, declined. If and when you are able we would appreciate any tax deductible contribution you might be able to make in order to continue this effort into the future. Send contributions to:
Centenary Million Tree Project
c/o Centenary Methodist Church
501 South Second St.
Mankato, MN. 56001
Tom Hagen

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