Dear Rochester: Thank you for the help with the tree planting.

A heart felt thanks to the 500+ volunteers that planted 1400+ trees on 5/5/12.  Your selfless determination has made a change to our built environment that will be apparent for the next 100 years.

People have different skill sets, but everybody found a way to help.  Many of you dug and planted trees, but others that were not able to do that found other ways of participating.  What an amazing event and an amazing group of people.

Great work everybody. 

Here is a note from our city forester:

Thank  you again to all of you that bravely scooped out the waterlogged clay that some of us call soil to plant over 1,200 trees in one day! As we found out yesterday – volunteering isn’t easy – but as we’ll all find out over the next decade….those trees will pay us back everything we put into them and more.

RNeighborwoods is a program that our entire community can be proud of. I consider it a privilege to be involved with such a selfless group of community members.

There are too many people to thank individually – on behalf of the City, RNeighbors and the Park and Recreation Department – please know that we’re very grateful!

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Jacob Ryg

City Forester

403 East Center Street

Rochester, MN 55904

507.328.2515

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