Posted by Steve Lettau on Oct 19, 2017

Thanks goes out to Milwaukee North Shore Rotarian Jerry Gold who coordinated this opportunity for three Rotary Clubs to come together and plant 107 trees and 96 shrubs in the Mequon Nature Preserve. We had  30 Rotarian volunteers representing 7 countries from 3 continents making this an international project. There were  6 were from Amigos de Milwaukee, 14 from MliwNS and our 10 included; John H, Tim H, Andrea J, Dave K, Kay N, Connie P, Dave S, Terry S, JoAnn V and myself.

The trees and shrubs were supplied moved into place by staff at Mequon Nature Preserve and some of the larger holes were pre-drilled for us. After we received planting instructions and equipment we were set loose to walk to the multiple planting sites and get planting. The Mequon Nature Preserve staff never thought that we’d get all of the trees and shrubs planted and mulching completed in one work day. The planting and mulching teams along with BBQ lunch provided the opportunity for members from the different clubs to get to know each other by working shoulder to shoulder and breaking bread together.

The three clubs have met their respective goals of one tree per member (49 for MT), but we’ll have multiple opportunities to exceed that goal. Mequon Nature Preserve will have 2,000 whips that will need to go in spring and another 800 trees and shrubs again next fall. Connie is also working on another tree planting project for this spring (details to follow).

Thanks, Brian
D6270 Tree Planting Coordinator 

Photo: Pre-planting group from L-R Brian M.(MT), Frey F.(A), Edwin N.(A), Jerry G.(NS), John H.(MT), Fessahaye  M.(A), Natraj S.(NS) Dave S.(MT)