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Roswell Rotary has trees, will travel

Trees Over Roswell

Chattahoochee Nature Center Development Director DeAnn Fordham, center, holds the first tree to plant for Trees Over Roswell as Rotarians Theo Keyserling, from left, Dave McCleary, Michael Gould and Lou Tabickman help out. (click for larger version)
Roswell, GA. Roswell Roatary Club plans to celebrate Arbor Day Feb. 17 in a big, big way.
In a project called Trees Over Roswell, the club is coordinating the effort to plant not 25 trees in the Roswell area, not 250 trees. Rotary is going plant 2,500 trees over the weekend of the 18-19 Feb.
Of course they are going to need some help planting that many trees, and stepping up to the plate are the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts.
"Oh, planting the trees is not a problem. We will have more than enough people planting the trees," said Rotarian Lou Tabickman. "The problem is finding enough space for all of these trees. We have trees that need a good home."
The group would like to hear from homeowner associations, churches, schools to offer up some campus space that could stand a little more shade.
"What they are looking for are some big institutions that have some space and can take a number of trees on at one time. We will never get it done doing it by onesies and twosies," Tabickman said.
Anyone who has a suitable site may call 678-318-3647.
Trees Over Roswell has five species of native Georgia trees to distribute: Dogwood, red maple, white oak, northern red oak and red bud.
The event will begin with a kick-off meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell at 9135 Willeo Road. There will be food and refreshments. Several national, state and local policy makers as well as community leaders will be in attendance.
Some 350 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts accompanied by their parents will pick up the 2,500 seedlings purchased by the Roswell Rotary Club, along with planting instructions and maps of the Roswell area indicating where to plant.
On that Saturday, the Scouts will fan out and plant the 2,500 trees throughout the area. They will focus on planting trees at area parks, fire stations, schools and churches.
Cub Scout Pack 135 is responsible for planting the trees at historic Bulloch Hall, at 180 Bulloch Avenue, in downtown Roswell. This will take place at 11 a.m.
The wrap up for the event is at 3 p.m. Sunday when the Chattahoochee Nature Center will open its doors to the public for free admission to Roswell residents to celebrate the unprecedented event.

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