The event was part of the the “Ian Riseley Tree Planting Challenge.”
Local Rotary club members spent their Saturday morning at the City Center ballfields and two other Port Orange locations with a goal to plant almost 100 trees as part of an international challenge to all Rotary clubs.
One Saturday, April 14, the Rotary Club of Port Orange-South Daytona and the Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District came together to host the “Ian Riseley Tree Planting Challenge.” They were also joined by members of the Rotary Club of Daytona Beach West, led by President Bill Griffin, and the Rotary Club of Daytona Beach.
The tree planting was part of an initiative by Rotary International President-elect Ian Riseley who challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on July 1 and April 22, which is also Earth Day.
According to Rotary Club President Nick DeSantis, members will also be planting trees in the following days throughout various Port Orange locations as well. A total of 97 trees had been ordered for to be planted locally. An additional 140 trees will be planted in multiple areas throughout Volusia County.
"Trees are so important in general in terms of stabilizing our soil, providing shade, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen," Katie Tripp, Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor, said. "Port Orange already has a lot of trees, but in my opinion, you can never have enough trees."