UCR Sustainability Seeking Volunteers for Tree Planting Events

Newly planted trees will create shade corridor, enhance campus environment

Physical Plant Grounds crews plant a Eucalyptus tree near Hinderaker Hall. Photo by Ross French

RIVERSIDE, Calif — UC Riverside students, faculty and staff are invited to help make the campus a greener, shadier place by participating in a series of three volunteer tree planting sessions during November and December.

The UCR Office of Sustainability, working in partnership with UCR Grounds, is seeking volunteers for two-hour planting sessions on Thursday Nov. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. , Tuesday Nov. 18 from 12 to 2 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m.

“In addition to all of the obvious environmental benefits, these trees will help provide a much-needed shade corridor across the campus,” said Sustainability Specialist Jenny Low, who spearheaded the project. “Plus, people who participate will be able to come back in future years and see their tree grown tall and beautiful.”

Low said she hoped that volunteers would be able to plant about 15 trees each day, with two-three volunteers needed for each tree.

“The holes will already have been dug, but we will need between 30 to 50 people for each session,” she said, adding that volunteers will fill the hole with dirt, water the tree, tie it a support stick, and mulch the planting area. “There’s active work involved, and you’ll get dirty.”

Volunteers will be instructed on the basics of tree planting, and their work will be supervised by Physical Plant Grounds staff, who will provide all the necessary equipment. Volunteers should bring a water bottle and wear closed-toe shoes.

The trees being added to the campus’ urban forest are part of the Green Trees for the Golden State Grant Program, administered by the California Department of Forestry and Fire (CAL FIRE).

“Senior Grounds Supervisor Raymond Bolles has done amazing work in getting this grant for the campus,” Low said. “This planting program would not be happening without his hard work and collaboration. For that I am grateful.”

To volunteer, please contact Low by email at Jenny.Low@ucr.edu.

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