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Walla Walla's urban forestation continues courtesy of Noon Rotary

Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club’s fall planting project in November focused on Jefferson Park, 750 Sprague Ave.

“The club and the city of Walla Walla have an established working partnership in urban forestation. The focus is on sustaining and strengthening the tree canopy which enhances the livability of our community,” said Rotary tree committee chairman Sam Wells.

The group’s aim is to plant and get a diverse collection of young trees well-established before the very mature trees come down because of wind, safety issues or age.

“An established tree stock is better protected by having a diverse selection of mature trees,” Sam added.

“If a particular variety of tree becomes susceptible to a new disease, there will still be tree species with immunity that will continue to thrive.”

Tree variety also invites other biological diversity such as bird life. The 20 plus trees added in Jefferson Park were funded by the city of Walla Walla and selected under the direction of city arborist Kyle Clemens.

A team of approximately 25 members from the Rotary and Interact clubs and family members joined in the day of planting activities and several Walla Walla Parks & Recreation Department staffers assisted with the project.

Rotary clubs worldwide are encouraged to plant trees for environmental sustainability, according to a release. “Trees, with their beauty and benefits enjoyed today, are the gifts from the people who planted them years ago. Leaving that same inheritance for future generations is what we are doing today,” said Jan Corn, club president.

Noon Rotary Club meets at 11:45 a.m. Thursdays for lunch and community interest programs at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St.

For more details, contact Jan at impresssalon@gmail.com or see ubne.ws/2qPsr6T or on Facebook at ubne.ws/2q4sj6a.

Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,