Our mission is to help fight the devastating effects of climate change and preserve the environment for generations to come.
In late April, a large group of volunteers gathered in Ripley, NY, to plant over 1,000 trees as part of a reforestation project in a former cornfield overlooking Lake Erie. The volunteers included Master Gardeners, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and members of 4-H Clubs in the Chautauqua region. This was a two-day project in which we spent over 14 hours planting multiple species of trees. Carey Casillo-Young, Chautauqua County Master Gardener, has continued the effort by watering and maintaining the saplings. We hope to ultimately have this forest certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
"Planting trees is a passion to me because we are fighting to create a sustainable ecosystem for future generations."
Chautauqua County Master Gardener
We absolutely have to be stewards of the environment, and this project is a great way to educate people on the necessity of protecting the environment not only here in our own community but around the globe.
Arbor Day Foundation
1000 Tree Club