EAST ALTON – Volunteers are needed to help the
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) and
the Three Rivers Project plant trees in Alton on Wednesday, May 25.
The effort is
made possible in part by a Recover, Replant, Restore! (RRR) grant from Trees
Forever, as well as funding from Ameren Illinois’ “Right Tree Right Place”
project and the Swarovski Waterschool.
will take occur at Riverfront Park and the Broadway Corridor.
“We are excited
to be able to increase tree cover and access to green spaces in parks
throughout Alton,” said NGRREC Director of Environmental Education Sarah
Fisher. “This fall, students from the Swarovski Waterschool program be helping
to care for the trees and learn about the importance of trees and greenspace in
tools will be provided but if participants have their own gardening gloves,
those would be great to bring along.
interested in helping must register at https://conta.cc/3Kr6Qso to ensure the proper equipment is
all newly added trees will be maintained and watered throughout the summer
months by volunteers and NGRREC staff.
“We also need
volunteers to water the newly planted trees throughout the summer,” said
Christine Favilla, Three Rivers Project co-coordinator. “This is a perfect
opportunity for individuals or families to choose their trees in one of the
five planting locations throughout town. This is also a great way for small
businesses to take care of a tree near their storefront.”
information on summer tree care contact Favilla at firstname.lastname@example.org .
information on the May 25 volunteer day contact Fisher at (618) 468-2783 or email@example.com .
Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC ℠ )
in 2002 as a collaborative partnership between the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College, NGRREC is dedicated to
the study of great river systems and the communities that use them. The center
aspires to be a leader in scholarly research, education, and outreach related
to the interconnectedness of large rivers, their floodplains, watersheds, and
their associated communities.