New Town Elementary Students Plant Trees

Submitted Photo | Students from New Town Elementary School planted trees in the northern area of New Town on Wednesday during the first tree planting initiative. The tree planting is an initiative of Three Affiliated Tribes Councilwoman Dr. Monica Mayer.

NEW TOWN – New Town Elementary School students – 550 of them – in kindergarten through Grade 5 took part in the first tree planting initiative held on Wednesday.

The tree planting is an initiative of Three Affiliated Tribes Councilwoman Dr. Monica Mayer.

Purpose of the tree planting is to encourage environmental awareness with youth. Every student who planted a tree received a certificate to commemorate their efforts.

Seven tree types native to North Dakota, were planted by the elementary students in the northern area of New Town. The trees included ponderosa pine, Juneberry, hackberry, Ohio buckeye, Black Hills spruce, Meyer spruce and burr oak. Tree types were carefully selected according to their survival rate in western North Dakota weather.

“Today is a very important day for you, and you are doing your part to help make oxygen for our environment by planting trees today,” Mayer told the students.

The tree planting initiative was made possible through teamwork efforts from the North Segment Office of Councilwoman Mayer, the Three Affiliated Tribes (TAT) Environmental Division, TAT Solid Waste Program, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College Science Department, New Town City Council, TAT Game & Fish Program, TAT Roads Department, Natural Resources Conservation Services and the Edwin Loe Elementary students, staff, and teachers.

Fawn Fettignews