Contact:          Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)

                        FW Parks & Recreation Public Information Officer 

                        Robin Holley (260-417-3804)

                        Holley Hunter (260-438-4949)

Great Tree Canopy Comeback Volunteers

MEDIA ALERT: 12th Annual Great Tree Canopy Comeback!

                                Volunteers and Donations Needed

 WHO:              All ages of community volunteers are invited

to join Friends of the Parks and Parks & Recreation staff from Fort Wayne, New Haven and Allen County Parks 

WHAT:            12th Annual Great Tree Canopy Comeback, a grassroots movement to combat the critical loss of trees in Fort Wayne. Our city and region is facing the devastation of the emerald ash borer; about one in four of our city street trees are ash and have been taken down. 

WHEN:            Saturday, November 2 starting at 10 am. Best photo op: Shoaff Park, 10:30 am. 

WHERE:         More than 250 trees will be planted in the following parks this year:

Shoaff Park, Shoaff Park Golf Course, Northside Park, Buckner Park, Moser Park, New Haven and Matea County Park.

 MEDIA NOTE: This is a great photo op, showing community involvement in the greening of Fort Wayne. 

BACKGROUND: Created in 2002, the Great Tree Canopy Comeback is our community tree planting day organized by volunteers with Friends of the Parks and area parks departments to combat this critical loss of trees. Over the past ten years, we have planted more than 2,500 trees in our parks - it's the Great Tree Canopy Comeback! 

Volunteers are still needed! Volunteers are asked to register in advance and bring a shovel (marked with name and telephone). Badges and t-shirts will be handed out to volunteers, while supply lasts. Call Robin Holley at 260-417-3804 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to help, or visit href=""> for a registration form.

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