On May 12th and 13th, local, state and federal conservation partners, board members & families, local organizations and individual volunteers came together to serve the Double El Conservation District community during the 2016 Annual Seedling Tree Day– during which, 15,000 trees were handed off to 170 district residents for conservation efforts.
Thursday, May 12th – Morning
Good Weather and light traffic meant the delivery truck of seedlings from the CSFS Nursery arrived a tad earlier than planned – alas, our local volunteer photographer was too late to capture the initial arrival of another year worth of trees for our local area.
All personnel, from those deftly wielding the forklift for delivery and removal of pallets loaded with seedling trees, to those who kept pace with forklift to put in place the stations planned by organizers for compiling orders when customers arrived the next day, were focused and diligent, yet made the day of work feel like play.
Weed Barrier and other survival supplies already in place for Tree Day:
Thursday, May 12th – Afternoon
After truck unloaded, stock inventoried and placed, the detail work begins; each year, Double El strives to order in a few extras of local Proven Performers to have on hand for those who stop by.
All extras are prepared, displayed and labeled to aide in customer selection during sales:
Preparing Bare Root seedlings for safety until planted in their new home is a team effort:
May 13th – Tree Day!
Other volunteers, including Miami-Yoder JT60’s FFA Chapter, showed up on Friday to aide with Tree Day:
Orders were retrieved and carried to waiting trucks, cars and trailers – in sync to customer arrival tempo –
Full Day of Customer Service
Throughout the day, customers arrived and the level of stock in warehouse decreased, as the assembled team worked to deliver orders, answer questions and provide how-to wisdom to those who picked up their orders or stopped by to browse the available extras for sale.
In between the busy times, video footage and interviews were done to tell more of the annual story – as well as having some fun:
Alas, we will be in the field planting living snow fences, and providing customer support for windbreak planting, advice on supporting newly planted trees, as well as seminars, workshops and boots-on-the-ground activities to support our local community – we will get the videos put up of what we did as soon as we get done with the doing…. 🙂
District Manager Cheryl Churchwell says it best:
“Yes, this is a very busy time of year for us, but it really is our favorite time of year.”