Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)
Rotarians plant 250 trees to celebrate Earth Day
When it comes to planting trees, the Greater West Chester Sunrise Rotary Club is second to none. A Johnny Appleseed of a club recently worked with ground maintenance personnel to plant 250 trees on 37 acres of Shaws Bridge Park, Chester County on April 25. The occasion is in celebration of Earth Day. The variety of sycamore, yellow birch, river birch, and three spices of willow trees.
Together, they comprise a good selection of native deciduous trees for a healthy young forest.
Each of the saplings was staked and tied to keep them secure and straight. They were then sheathed in a plastic tube to protect them from deer. Male deer grow new antlers each year and the antlers itch as they grow. The deer rub them against trees, which rubs off the bark and eventually causes the tree to die. The stakes and sheaths are removed after a few years.
Planning the day took months of meetings and discussions with the Director of Property and Recreation, Rich Phifer, and East Bradford Township representatives. They worked together in choosing the trees and planting them. Publicity in the community was conducted by the Greater West Chester Sunrise Rotary Club. According to past president Bob Streitel, “It was a great day helping to keep Chester County beautiful, today, tomorrow, and for future generations.”