The Marietta Tree Keepers, an organization founded by City Councilman Johnny Sinclair in 2002, meets every second Saturday of the month to plant trees in schools, parks and other areas in and around Marietta.
“Our goal is to reforest Marietta to beautify the area and help the environment,” said Holly Walquist, who organizes the events. “We also hope to educate people about the importance and benefits of trees.”
Custer Park is at 600 Kenneth E. Marcus Way. Volunteers arrived Saturday at about 8:30 a.m. and started with doughnuts and hot beverages before getting down to work.
The volunteers agree on the value of this organization. Shelley House and her daughter, Nicole, began planting trees with a Girl Scout Troop. But after the troop stopped coming, the mother-daughter team continued to volunteer with Marietta Tree Keepers.
“It’s been so rewarding, planting trees,” said House. “That’s why we do it.”
John Menzies, another volunteer, noted that there are a lot of places around town that do not have trees. “That’s why I thought it would be good for the community to come out and plant some.”
Menzies had never attended a Marietta Tree Keeper event before last Saturday, but he plans on returning.
The Marietta Tree Keepers have many fundraisers, including wine tastings and yard sales. They also gather funds through memberships and an alternate tree compliance fund.
For more information, call Holly Walquist at (770) 424-4664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To view a schedule of Marietta Tree Keepers events, visit www.mariettaga.gov/committees/treekeepers.