DESPITE ALL ODDS, WE STILL PLANTED THOUSANDS OF TREES
Planting trees during a global pandemic … let’s just say we really miss the pre-COVID days. COVID-era events have no coffee & donuts in the morning; no post-planting potlucks; no community spaces buzzing with the energy of more than 100 volunteers; no fields filled with dozens of volunteers young and old, getting wet & muddy putting seedlings into the ground.
The most glaring omission, of course, is you: we’ve only been able to engage a tiny fraction of the more than 6,000 community volunteers who come out to plant trees in a “normal” season.
But we have come together—masked and socially distant in small groups, going through gallons of hand sanitizer, and our tools have never been cleaner!—and we still planted trees. Friends of Trees’ staff and core volunteers have gone above and beyond to plant 15,000 trees and native shrubs this season; we’re exhausted, but we did it! Check out the May and December 2020 Treemails for a little insight into just how we did it.
We know that in the midst of so much loss and sorrow that so many people have experienced these past 12 months, the challenges of tree planting are nothing. We are eternally grateful for your support during this time, which has been key to our ability to continue to share the joy and health and beauty of trees with our community.
Reflections on the past 12 months, from Deputy Director Whitney Dorer:
Lines of trees
Walking to feel grounded
Listening to the buzzing bees
Watching, waiting, wondering
Wishing to be away from the screens
Asking a neighbor what they need
Feeling grateful for our mighty and majestic tree team