DRC President Lorraine Borowski and DRC Member John Moeller planting a replacement tree along Mechanic Street in Decorah
On Saturday, May 4th members of the Decorah Rotary Club (DRC) in cooperation with the City of Decorah Tree Board and other volunteers from the Luther College Athletic Department completed the planting of 42 new trees in several locations around Decorah. The DRC Tree Replacement Project was supported by a 2019 Rotary District 5970 Foundation Grant, with matching funds provided by our Club. On behalf of the City of Decorah, the Tree Board encourages the planting of trees by its residents so future generations may enjoy the benefits of reduced pollution, a more beautiful city, increased habitat for wildlife, and the conservation of energy from the natural air conditioning and wind protection that a diverse tree cover provides. The initiative has taken on greater importance in recent years with the widespread loss and preventative culling of ash trees in response to the Emerald Ash Borer infestation.
DRC members participating in the project included Lorraine Borowski, Ward Budweg, Eliot Christian, Mark Donhowe, Shannon Duncan, Larry Grimstad, Tina Hall, Phil Iverson, John Moeller, Kathleen Rittner and husband Rod, Uwe Rudolph, Samantha Scholles, Paul Scott, and Dr. Liang Chee Wee. Our Club extends its sincerest thanks to Shannon Duncan for her leadership of the project and administration of the District Grant.
More photos may be found in the album accessible by this link: Decorah Community Tree Planting Day
Photo credits: Shannon Duncan, Paul Scott