ASEZ WAO Church of God young adult worker volunteer tree planting

ASEZ WAO Volunteers Plant 100 Trees with Assemblymember Chris Eachus

Fifty ASEZ WAO volunteers planted 100 tree saplings at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Cornwall, New York, on Sunday, October 29, 2023. The tree planting effort is ASEZ WAO’s Mother’s Forest Campaign to plant 7 billion trees to reduce greenhouse gases.

Community-Led Reforestation Effort

The volunteers gathered at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum at 10 a.m. despite the pouring rain. Numerous people did not have prior tree-planting experience or knowledge. However, New York Assemblymember Chris Eachus joined and demonstrated tree-planting techniques.

“I’m proud to have the opportunity to partner with ASEZ WAO on such a wonderful and impactful tree-planting event. The natural beauty of the Hudson Valley is worth protecting — for those of us living here today and for the next generation of New Yorkers,” said Assemblymember Eachus.

In addition to Mr. Eachus, Kelly Turturro, a regional director from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation, attended. “Planting trees improves our shared environment while providing myriad economic and social benefits,” said Ms. Turturro. She continued, “Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making them a powerful tool in the fight against climate change.”

Planting Native Species for a Greener Future

After receiving instructions, the volunteers spent two hours digging holes and planting trees. In particular, they planted six native species: black oak, sugar maple, red maple, white pine, witch hazel, and elderberry.

The ASEZ WAO tree planting was especially meaningful for the nature museum. Volunteer groups from a previous instance planted trees, yet a three-month drought prevented them from growing. The staff expressed their happiness to host ASEZ WAO volunteers to revive the land by planting native tree species.

“When we all come together under the common goal to help keep our earth healthy and clean, the future can be more sustainable for the next generation,” said ASEZ WAO volunteer Brynn Reynolds.

To read more about ASEZ WAO events in New York, please click here.

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12 Responses

  1. I am impressed by the efforts of ASEZ WAO volunteers to plant 100 trees in Cornwall, New York. They are doing a great service to the environment and the community by restoring native species and reducing carbon emissions. I appreciate their collaboration with Assemblymember Chris Eachus and the NY Department of Environmental Conservation. I hope their Mother’s Forest Campaign will inspire more people to join them in planting 7 billion trees around the world1. Thank you for sharing this inspiring story!

  2. So impressed by this article! These young adults didn’t let a little rain stop them from planting trees. Their dedication to environmental action is inspiring. 🌳🌧️

  3. This type of volunteer work to combat climate change is needed now more than ever. It is really good to see volunteers from ASEZ WAO making a difference. Keep up the awesome work!

  4. This is such a beautiful project. Planting 1 billion trees is definitely not an easy task but having the goal and encouraging the ones around you to help is a great example of true community leadership. Keep up the good work!

  5. Woah, even in the rain they planted trees? That’s some serious dedication. People down the line in future years will benefit from these trees. Thank you for all that you do!

  6. Tree planting is something I always wanted to do. Around the area it’s really hard to find an organization that has this type of activity. I really enjoyed this event because it made me feel like I made a difference by planting a tree. Trees are essential to our environment and by coming together we can make a difference. I’m so glad I was able to join.

  7. Looks like it was a cold and rainy day!! Even during those conditions still going out to plant trees!! Great job 👏 👏👏

  8. I got to participate in this one and it was so moving to see so many come out to plant trees in the cold and rain!! Keep up the good work AZEZ!!

  9. Even in the rain ASEZ WAO volunteers work hard to give back! I love how you planted different types of native species. Very cool! Keep up the great work 👍 👏 🤗

  10. This is such a kind-hearted group of people, it’s inspiring to see how much they care for the environment. Regardless of weather conditions, or other factors, they always come out and get the work done!

  11. Fantastic job towards a more sustainable world. With the addition of these new trees, our future generation can appreciate nature all the more together with all the added benefits. Great job to ASEZ WAO and all volunteers.

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