Rotarian Debra Soutar with some samples of the kinds of trees that will make up the 85 FOR 85 planting program. (Submitted photo)

Rotarian Debra Soutar with some samples of the kinds of trees that will make up the 85 FOR 85 planting program. (Submitted photo)

Rotarians digging in for new tree planting project

Trees will be a way to honour loved ones through Chilliwack

Rotary came to Chilliwack 85 years ago, and the Rotary Club of Chilliwack is celebrating this occasion by planting at least 85 trees this fall.

And they are providing opportunities for the community to take part and dedicate trees to commemorate special people.

“We’re excited to offer this opportunity to the people of Chilliwack.” said Club president Michael Berger. “We think that people will love having a tree that they can watch grow and change with the seasons, and that they will be able to commemorate a special person in their life.”

For only $185, community members can choose from a list of trees and locations, and use it to honour a loved one by planting an 85 FOR 85 tree.

The City of Chilliwack, School District 33, Sto:lo Nation, the University of the Fraser Valley, and the Ministry of Forests are all contributing suitable public spaces to plant these trees, and Rotary is approaching businesses to determine if there is more suitable space for trees. Cannor Nursery is providing the trees and has significantly discounted the price in order to make the trees affordable.

“Trees are an important part of beautifying our community, and they are important resources for birds and other wildlife. They also help mitigate the effects of climate change by producing more oxygen and sequestering carbon,” said Debora Soutar, 85 FOR 85 project chair.

As a tree patron, they explain you may choose to participate in the actual planting or have one of the Rotary volunteers do it.

Plantings will take place on selected weekends in October and November, along with some in the spring of 2020.

After planting, the trees will be have a watering bag attached, and will be cared and maintained for the first two years after planting. As well, Rotarians will digitally record the planted trees with their GPS coordinates, species, the patrons’ names, and dedication details.

This database will be available in an app to allow any one interested in visiting a specific tree more information.

For more information or to purchase an 85 FOR 85 tree, please go to www.chilliwackrotary.com/85for85.


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Rotarian Debra Soutar with some samples of the kinds of trees that will make up the 85 FOR 85 planting program. (Submitted photo)

Rotarian Debra Soutar with some samples of the kinds of trees that will make up the 85 FOR 85 planting program. (Submitted photo)