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Tree Planting Along Big Springs Rd

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Tree Planting Along Big Springs Rd

By Sustainability Interns | January 21, 2015

With the help of the UCR Physical Plant, students and volunteers were able to plant more than 70 trees in the arroyo along Big Springs Rd on Dec. 4th, 2014. UCR Physical Plant was able to obtain a grant that would bring several hundred new trees to the campus. Through the success of the 3 tree planting events throughout the Fall quarter, we have been able to plant new trees around: Hinderaker Hall, Sproul Hall, Watkins, Olmstead Hall, Rivera Library, and the Student Services Building.

At the event, the volunteers first received a quick training session on how to plant the trees. The holes were pre-dug by Physical Plant, the volunteers had to remove the tree from the pot, place it into the hole and fill it halfway with dirt. At that point, the fertilizer tablets were added, then the rest of the hole was filled up. Next,  they pound in the stakes to provide support for the young trees, then were bound by strips of rubber. Finally, add the mulch and water the trees. That’s it. Very simple.

I could see that the Volunteers had I lot of fun, because many of them named their trees! It’s great to see UCR students from various organizations get together to make this campus a more beautiful place. I certainly enjoyed meeting new students and I’m glad to say that these tree planting events will continue into the Winter quarter.

If you or your organization is interested in volunteering for future events, feel free to contact me at elek001@ucr.edu and I look forward to working together to bring more trees onto our UCR campus!

Best regards,
Eileen Lek

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