Contact:    Rob Hines

                 P: 260-427-6028

                 C: 260-241-1932

                 Public Information Officer

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Fort Wayne, IN – On Saturday, October 26, from 10am – Noon, Friends of the Parks of Allen County invites citizens to partner with area parks & trails departments, non-profits, businesses, neighborhoods, and community volunteers to plant new trees in parks and public spaces during the 18th annual Great Tree Canopy Comeback.

This year, the City of Fort Wayne Greenways & Trails Department and Fort Wayne Trails will also participate in the effort. This event has evolved to include invasive species removal to help sustainably continue forest regeneration in all parks and trails around Allen County. To combat invasive species like Honeysuckle, Autumn Olive and Callery Pear, among others, there is more diversity when it comes to volunteering. The four different volunteer categories include: Planters in groups of five people planting trees; Tree Captains to lead groups of Planters; Cutters to remove invasive plants; Couriers to transport the debris to a designated disposal area.

Volunteers of all ages are critical to the success of the event and are encouraged to sign up and help restore the tree canopy. More than 250 trees will be planted in the following parks this year: Foster, McMillen, Shoaff, and Vesey Parks in Fort Wayne, New Haven Community Center and along the Pufferbelly Trail. Invasive species will be removed in Allen County’s Fox Island, Vesey Park in Fort Wayne, and along the Pufferbelly Trail.

Volunteers are asked to register in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., responding to the Facebook event, or downloading the signup form at and mail it to P.O. Box 10152. T-shirts will be given to volunteers who pre-register by October 7. Volunteers need to bring gloves, shovels, loppers, rakes and a wheelbarrow (if possible). Participants should also dress for the weather, as the work will be completed rain or shine.

It is the mission of the Friends of the Parks to promote the stewardship and celebration of the scenic, historic, and recreational resources of the parks and public spaces in Fort Wayne and Allen County. Visit to donate a tree or for more information.

Created in January 2011, Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. acts as a partner and advocate in the development of a connected multipurpose trail system with local governments in Allen County, Indiana. There are almost 115 miles of trails in our community. For more information or to donate, visit the organization's website,, or contact Executive Director Megan McClellan at (260) 969-0079 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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