One Tree at a Time Project Completes Planting of First 100 Trees
After many months of research, planning and fund raising which began last December by Anthony Collazo, a Sophomore Student at West Wendover High School, May 1st marked the day where all that work began paying off with Phase 1, the first 100 trees, being planted for the One Tree at a Time project. Anthony's project envisions 1,000 trees being planted in West Wendover over the coming years.
Phase 1 of the project included 100 trees which were purchased from the Nevada Division of Forestry and included Lacebark Elms and Buffalo Berries which were planted over several acres of the City’s city center/downtown property south of Wendover Will. The plantings were done with a new Waterboxx technology that helps the plants retain moisture, conserve water and survive harsher desert environments while they establish themselves.
Anthony said upon completion of the Phase 1 planting, “These trees will not only beautify our community but help our Earth heal by soaking up excess carbon dioxide from the air. I want to thank everyone who has helped me with this project from planning it to providing funds to the planting, it is a dream come true!”
Towards the end of May Anthony anticipates being able to complete Phase 2 of the project which is another 200 trees at the same location. Those trees are being shipped from the National Arbor Day Foundation and include several variants of Oak Trees along with River Birch and Flowering Redbuds. Anthony plans to have a large thank you plaque displayed with the completion of Phase 2, thanking all the partners who have graciously donated their money and time to the project.
Pictured planting team from left: Miguel Esparza, Daniel Corona, Kathy Durham, Jessi Nadeau, Venessa Stanger, Kasey Baker, Anthony Collazo, Arturo Garcia De La Mora, Chris Melville and Ignacio Vera. Not pictured: Raul Naranjo, Chris Buxton and Gordon Richardson.
Pictured planting team from left: Miguel Parra, Gavin Villarreal, Yazmin Guardado and Yanely Rodriguez
Planting of Lacebark Elm with Waterboxx