Thursday, November 5, 2020

A little ‘ReLeaf’

Volunteers plant trees at local parks

ReLeaf Michigan, a statewide non-profit tree organization, in partnership with the City of Romulus, Medline Industries and the DTE Foundation, joined forces with local volunteers to plant 15 trees at Romulus Historical Park and Mary Ann Banks Parks Oct. 24.  The trees were planted to increase the overall tree canopy in the parks and to provide environmental and health benefits.

Covid protocols were in place and were followed and masks were required of the volunteers who watched a tree planting demonstration from experts.  

“Despite the pandemic, we remain committed to ensuring the City of Romulus is a place where residents and visitors want to live, work and play,” said Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff. “The partnership between Romulus, ReLeaf Michigan, Medline and DTE is a great opportunity for us to come together as a community, at a safe social distance, to plant trees that will continue to beautify our city in the years to come. This beautification initiative works in tandem with our efforts to reopen parks, improve walkability and enhance public spaces for our residents.”

Medline, a medical products manufacturer and distributor located in Romulus, sent 20 employees who volunteered at the Saturday morning effort. 

The company Director of Operations Jeremy Oetjens was also on site.

“Medline is a healthcare company, and we appreciate the public health value of planting trees in Romulus, Oetjens said. “Our team members live and work in this city, and we want the public to experience the benefit of additional tree cover.”

“Trees provide incredible benefits to the communities in which they are planted. Trees improve air and water quality, reduce stormwater runoff, improve mental wellness, reduce rates of childhood asthma, cool our neighborhoods and enhance the community's commercial and economic vitality,” a ReLeaf spokesman said.

ReLeaf Michigan, a 32-year-old non-profit organization, partners with communities statewide to replenish community tree canopies through volunteer tree planting events. 

The DTE Foundation is a strong steward of the environment and over the past 23 years has helped plant nearly 47,000 trees and seedlings in more than 500 communities across the state of Michigan.