PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association recently honored a Pierre man for his work to help the city re-plant trees that were lost to the 2011 flood. Larry Weiss, former Pierre City Commissioner and retired SD Department of Transportation employee, received the SDPRA Individual Citation Award earlier this month during the association’s awards banquet. Weiss was asked by Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill to be the Chief Service Officer for the National Cities of Service project team and to lead volunteer efforts to restore the flood damaged lands and trees that were lost. Since then, Weiss recruited over 120 volunteers, helped raise $21,000 in private donations and secure $50,000 in grants which were used by the city to restore damaged green space and to purchase and plant trees. Tom Farnsworth, who is the Director of Pierre’s Parks and Recreation Department and a SDPRA Board member said in a press release that Weiss met monthly with the project team and kept staff and volunteers organized. As a result of the work by Weiss and many others, over 1,400 trees were planted in parks in Pierre, at the arboretum, golf course and sports complex.
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