Volunteers are invited to join in to help plant more than 60 trees Saturday, Nov. 1, starting at 10 a.m., at the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center (WBNPTIC) grounds in Wallowa.

Thanks to the hard work of the WBNPTIC Interpretive Committee and a grant from USDA Rural Business Services, the "Native Shade Grove" is becoming a reality.

The grove will honor elders and provide an interpretive gathering place. In addition to trees, the grove will feature a cluster of native basalt boulders and benches for seating, and an interpretive message.

Everyone helping to plant the trees will be reminded of this message, which states in part, "This shade, these rocks, this day - an opportunity to renew relationships and spend time together."

The trees have been purchased and materials ordered. Now volunteers are needed to help plant, mulch and cage the trees, which range in size from one to 15 feet. Everyone is invited to come join in the effort.

Volunteers should bring gloves, shovels, five-gallon buckets, fencing pliers, their own lunch and drinking water. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at the WBNPTIC grounds, located on Whiskey Creek Road, just east of Wallowa.

For more information, contact project coordinator, Sara Miller at the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, 426-3598, toll free at 800-645-9454, or by e-mail at saramiller@neoedd.org.

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