Rotarians from District 5500 celebrate Arbor Day with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild by planting 50 new shade trees at Udall Park
The Catalina (Tucson) Rotary Club took the lead for Rotary District 5500 in planning the Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The effort was a partnership with Trees for Tucson, the urban forestry program of Tucson Clean & Beautiful, and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation. Approximately 100 Catalina (Tucson) Club members and their families, and other area Rotarians and community volunteers planted 50 new desert-adapted, low water-use trees to shade and beautify this popular regional park. These 50 trees bring the total for District 5500 to approximately 500 trees planted throughout the greater Tucson area. Mayor Rothschild thanked the Rotarians for expanding Tucson’s urban tree canopy and read the Arbor Day proclamation.
Tucson has been designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for more than 26 years, thanks to the cooperative efforts of the City of Tucson and the Trees for Tucson program. These trees also count toward the Mayor’s annual 10,000 Tree Challenge.
Rotary International 2017-2018 President Ian Riseley challenged Rotary clubs around the world to plant at least one tree for each member during the current Rotary year which translates to 1.2 million trees. Thanks to these dedicated Rotarians, in the spirit of Service Above Self, that goal is being surpassed for Rotary members in the Tucson area who are contributing 500 new trees to the 1.2 million global trees for this year!
Following the tree planting the Catalina Rotary Club hosted a BBQ for all of the volunteers providing a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and a great ending to a beautiful and significant morning.