Fifteen New Trees planted
Twenty one students of the spring six- week Tree Steward course planted 15 new trees of various species on the grounds of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary . They were instructed and supervised by John Campanini, technical advisor for the RI Tree Council and Paul Dolan, deputy chief of DEM’s Division of Forest Environment and education coordinator of RISAF.
Tree Stewards had an opportunity to improve their planting, pruning knowledge and skills. The focus was on tree training, learning how to eliminate co-dominant stems and cluster branching and to correct narrow-angled crotches on developing plants.
The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary’s Tree Project is in its sixth year of planting new trees and collaborating with the RI Tree Council by hosting workshops and the Tree Steward Program and providing opportunities for graduates of the Tree Steward program to fulfill the requirement for their 30 hours of volunteer service.
Franciscan Missionaries of Mary are committed to caring for God’s creation. The tree project is one of their efforts. Other projects are gardens of various kinds.