Tree planting event tomorrow

26 October 2012

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) along with the Guam Department of Agriculture’s Forestry and Soil Resources Division, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and volunteer groups are seeking volunteers for a tree planting event Saturday, Oct. 27.

The tree planting events are open to the public and volunteers of all ages are encouraged to attend. The event will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Cetti Bay Overlook in Umatac. Volunteers can park at the Agat Marina and ride a shuttle to the Cetti Bay Overlook from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, a water bottle, sun screen, gloves if possible and a camera.

“Planting activities help stabilize soil and keep dirt in place instead of washing away and damaging our rivers, streams and coral reefs,” said Administrator of Guam EPA, Eric M. Palacios. “Trees are a key component of protecting Guam’s watersheds. Guam EPA’s Water Quality Management Program is actively working to protect Guam’s watersheds.”

The first planting event will include two miles along the road to the Layon landfill in Inarajan. Volunteers who have bicycles are encouraged to bring them to help transport trees along the site.

The second planting event will begin with a free yoga session at Cetti Bay Overlook. The planting area can only be reached by hiking for more than 35 minutes. Volulnteers are encouraged to bring camping equipment to spend the evening of Saturday, Oct. 27 at the site. For more information about the camping event contact volunteer coordinator Else Schils at Else.Schils@gmail.com.