Tree Canopy Comeback seeks volunteers

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Volunteers are invited to pull on their gloves and pick up their shovels for the 17th Great Tree Canopy Comeback, from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 21

Friends of the Parks of Allen County is partnering with area parks departments, businesses, neighborhoods and individuals to plant trees in parks and public spaces.

Volunteers of all ages are critical to the success of the event and are encouraged to sign up and help restore the tree canopy. More than 200 trees will be planted in the following parks this year: Memorial Park, Waynedale Park, Buckner Park, Payton County Park, Waynedale Gardens and Werling Park.

Volunteers are asked to register in advance by emailing FotPoAC@gmail.com, or download the sign-up form at www.facebook.com/yeaparks and mail it to P.O. Box 10152. T-shirts will be handed out to volunteers who register by Oct. 7, while supply lasts. Also, volunteers who would like to plant a tree in their own yards may request a free tree from Trees Indiana when they register.

Volunteers should dress for the weather, because trees will be planted, rain or shine. Workers should bring gloves, shovels and rakes. Wheelbarrows also are useful.

“This event was established in 2001 to combat the critical loss of trees in Fort Wayne and Allen County,” according to a statement issued on behalf of Friends of the Parks. “Over the last 50 years, our parks have lost over 50 percent of the tree canopy due to weather and disease.”