Volunteers sought to help with Trees Forever planting event
Buffer will help improve water quality; stabilize lake and stream banks
MACKINAW, IL (Oct. 16) - Help improve water quality in the Village of Mackinaw by taking part in a riparian buffer planting on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Volunteers will help plant 125 trees along an unnamed stream in Mackinaw and at Brock Lake, 22550 E. Hoffman Rd. in Mackinaw. Meet at the lake at 9:30 a.m. and bring your shovels, family and friends!
Trees Forever and the Village of Mackinaw received a riparian tree planting grant through the Alliance for Community Trees and CSX "Trees for Tracks" program. Riparian buffers are trees, shrubs and native grasses planted along streams, rivers and other bodies of water.
"Riparian buffers play a significant role in improving water quality by filtering sediment, nutrients and pesticides from surface runoff and shallow groundwater," said Debbie Fluegel, Trees Forever field coordinator and program manager. "These excess nutrients are utilized for plant growth. At the same time, the buffers help control erosion, stabilize stream banks, improve soil quality and provide food and cover for wildlife."
Shannon Ramsay, Trees Forever Founding President, said the project will allow volunteers to make a difference in their community.
"Trees Forever and CSX are very excited to support this project, as we know it will provide years and years of benefits to the community," she said. "We want to thank our local volunteers for their hard work and their dedication to improving the environment and quality of life in Mackinaw. Together, we are planting a better tomorrow."
For more information about the Oct. 26 event, contact Debbie Fluegel, Trees Forever Field Coordinator, at 309-613-0095 or the Mackinaw Village Office at 309-359-5821.
Trees Forever is a member of the Alliance for Community Trees and this event is made possible by a partnership with CSX.
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Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization based in Marion, IA committed to planting trees, encouraging community involvement and stewardship, and caring for the environment. Programs focus on improving air and water quality, increasing wildlife habitat, providing substantial energy savings and beautifying our landscape. For more information visit www.treesforever.org or call 800-369-1269.