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.
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