3,000 native trees getting new homes

Northwest Indiana Launches Major Tree Planting Effort

A partnership of local, state and federal agencies, with support from local corporate sponsors and not-for-profit organizations, will launch the CommuniTree program on Wednesday, April 26th.  The event will take place at Washington Park in East Chicago from 10:00am-12:00pm. Representatives from supporting organizations will be planting fifty native trees within Washington Park to replace trees lost to the emerald ash borer and to expand the urban tree canopy.
With the support of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, the Student Conservation Association, the Wildlife Habitat Council, NIPSCO, several municipalities, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Community and Urban Forestry and IDNR Coastal programs, the Urban Waters program, and the U.S. Forest Service, the CommuniTree program currently has funding for over 3,000 native trees to be planted in the region in 2017.
Questions about this tree planting event and the CommuniTree initiative can be addressed to Joe Exl, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, at 219-763-6060 or jexl@nirpc.org.  For additional information on CommuniTree go to http://www.nirpc.org/CommuniTree.

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