PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Several volunteers gathered yesterday to plant trees in parts of southeast Pierre. The tree planting was part of an AARP funded Cities of Service project and was held Tuesday after being rescheduled from Friday and Saturday because of weather. About 105 trees were planted at the Park Shop Nursery along Sully Avenue and several trees were also put in the ground at the Hillsview Golf Course Nursery and on the course grounds. Dan McCormick, Chairman of the Pierre City Arbor Board, says the trees at the Park Shop Nursery are just in the ground temporarily-until they are needed to replace trees in Pierre’s parks.
McCormick says the trees won’t likely be in the tree bank there for more than ten years, and most will be moved to a permanent location very soon-to take the place of trees damaged by the flood. He says the greenery put in the ground yesterday will replace a previous tree bank that was impacted by last year’s flooding.
McCormick says the trees that went into the tree banks along Sully Avenue and at the Golf Course were chosen to meet certain qualifications.
Volunteers working at the golf course yesterday placed young trees in a tree bank there and in some other course locations.
McCormick says in the coming months, officials will have a better idea of how many trees have died in Pierre and how many of the nursery trees will have to be used right away. He says Pierre takes a lot of pride in its trees because they provide several different purposes for the community.
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