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April 22, 2013

Showing love for Mother Nature: Volunteers plant trees, landscape to observe Earth Day

CLINTON — Clinton volunteers are planting trees and shrubs today in honor of Earth Day.

Clinton Trees Forever has projects planned this week in honor of the day, as well as Arbor Day on Friday. Volunteers will be planting 35 trees and shrubs at the Arch home today.

“In celebration of Earth Day, the generosity of Trees Forever allows us to honor Mother Earth and the natural gifts she provides. This is a way we can live out a part of our mission of working together toward a more human society,” L’Arche Interim Community Leader Maria Zeimen said.

Zeimen added that the collaboration between the community, Trees Forever and volunteers “gives witness to the fruitfulness of people working collaboratively.”

Volunteers from Clinton Trees Forever will also be present in Clinton schools Monday through Wednesday, providing plants to third-graders.

John Mulholland of Clinton Trees Forever said approximately 300 students will have a lesson about their plants and then will be able to take them home to plant. Clinton Trees Forever has been visiting the schools for about 20 years.

Thursday and Friday, volunteers will be digging holes at the site of the new wastewater treatment plant. A total of 60 conifers will be planted on Saturday at the site in honor of Arbor Day. The 60 trees were funded by $10,000 received from Alliant Energy and Trees Forever from Marion. Anyone wanting to help Saturday should be at the wastewater treatment plant at 8 a.m.

Some members of the community celebrated Earth Day early. LyondellBasel volunteers took part in Global Care Day on April 13. Global Care Day began in 2000 to challenge employees to participate in a special project on the same day.

Each participating site selects a project that addresses a community need in the area of education, environmental conservancy or community prosperity.

Local volunteers performed services at the Gateway Area Red Cross, Bickelhaupt Arboretum and the 9/11 Freedom Trees site. Ground maintenance and a new landscaping design were provided at the Red Cross. The Arboretum saw volunteers pruning several of the gardens and spreading mulch.

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