Neither early nor late, North Bend’s celebration of Arbor Day, Thursday, Nov. 14, included ideal weather for planting trees. But then, this time of year is usually good for that, says North Bend Senior Planner Mike McCarty.
Although Washington usually celebrates the event in April, North Bend declared its own Arbor Day last week, because “this is typically the best time of year to plant trees,” says McCarty. “We have such mild winters, it gives the roots more time to get established.”
Boy and Cub Scouts from local troops trickled into Torguson Park Thursday afternoon to help plant 12 Red Cascade Mountain Ash around the parking lot of the popular park. The project finished the work begun by a large group of Girl Scouts, who helped plant 20 of the same tree during the city’s Arbor Day celebration last year.
After a proclamation on the benefits of trees to the city by Mayor Ken Hearing, and a brief tree-planting lesson from McCarty, the groups scattered throughout the park to put some trees in the ground.
Luckily, the holes had already been dug for the volunteers, said Don Hacherl, working with his son Adam, a Scout in Troop 466. “They gave us the equipment, and we give them the labor,” he joked.
Working on a nearby tree, fellow Scouts Josh Cunningham and Anthony Kline helped steady the 8-foot sapling, while their Scoutmaster Doug McClelland crouched in the hole, cutting the fabric free of the root ball. Shelley Huestis and daughter Dora turned out in proxy for their Scout, who was on a fishing trip with his father, and Jarod Stambaugh, with his dad Dennis, arrived later. Cub Scouts Jack Allen, Josia Lang, and Kyle Nedblake, Webelos from Pack 452, Den 5, also pitched in.
McCarty was grateful for the volunteer help, saying, “A lot of what you see in Torguson Park has been done by volunteer effort… We hope to continue that volunteer spirit in the future.”
Shelley Huestis and her daughter Dora get to work planting a Red Cascade Mountain Ash sapling at Torguson Park.
Ready to dig are, from left, Jack Allen, Josiah Lang, Kyle Nedblak, Dora Huestis, Laura Cooper and Mike McCarty; back, Julie Lang, Mayor Ken Hearing, Parks Commissioner Judy Bilanko, Doug McClelland, Josh Cunningham, Adam Hacherl, Don Hacherl, Anthony Kline, and Shelley Huestis.
Mike McCarty describes how to amend soil, determine the right depth of the hole and other details of tree planting to a group of volunteer Scouts.
Scoutmaster Doug McClelland, left, settles a tree into the ground while Scouts Anthony Kline, center, and Josh Cunningham help stabilize it.