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Volunteers lend a tree planting hand

Trees are planted along Old Route 66 on Saturday.

A little rain didn’t stop around 30 volunteers from planting trees throughout Chenoa on Saturday.

Help came from the community, Boy Scouts and the Space Age Pioneers 4-H Club. More than 20 trees were placed at various locations such as the school, along Old Route 66 and at the park corner downtown.

The ball started rolling last fall when the 4-H club helped get a Trees Forever grant. The city provided the money as long as there were volunteers in place to plant the 30 total trees.

“The plan is to keep growing this and be able to plant in the spring and fall,” explained Rachel Kridner, organizational leader of the Space Age Pioneers 4-H.

Kridner felt it was time to refresh the tree population along Route 66 since it has been almost a decade since trees were initially planted there but were lost due to drought.

“I’m not sure people realize the importance of trees in the community,” said Chenoa resident and community volunteer Sarah Michaels.

Saturday’s planting fulfilled a project associated with the Arbor Day Foundation.

“We would like to continue applying for a Governor’s Hometown Award which has a foundation of volunteerism,” Michaels added.

The Arbor Day Foundation and Tree City USA designation are some of the first steps toward achieving the governor’s honor.

During an April City Council meeting, Chenoa Mayor Chris Wilder officially proclaimed April 30 as Arbor Day in the city. He urged citizens to plant trees for the well-being of future generations.

The group rented an auger to help with Saturday’s project.

A couple of trees were planted downtown on Saturday.

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