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Rotary Forest organizers put out call for more volunteers

It’s been a tough year for local trees, including the young trees in the Guelph Rotary Forest, so the Rotary Club of Guelph is hoping volunteers will come through for this Saturday’s tree planting event.
“We’re a little lower (on volunteers) than we have been in years past,” said Rotary Forest tree planting committee member Carolyn Weatherson.
The event, which is aimed at increasing Guelph’s tree canopy, is even more important this year in the wake of December’s devastating ice storm and news of the spread of the emerald ash borer, she said.
“Our trees in Guelph have taken a really serious hit,” she said. “We’d really love to see the community rally.”
Volunteers are needed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to help plant 4,000 trees in an area near Guelph Lake Conservation Area. People are welcome to stay for just an hour or for the whole event.
Free parking is available at Lakeside Church, 7654 Conservation Rd., and a shuttle will take volunteers to the site. Shovels are supplied, but boots are recommended.
Unfortunately, the Rotary Club can’t guarantee good weather, but it is expected to be better than last year.
“Last year, the weather was terrible,” cold with snow and sleet, said Weatherson. But “lots of people came out and helped and they were smiling and laughing and having a good time.”

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