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Church plants cypress tree for Arbor Day-Earth Day

The goal of Celebrate Trees! during Earth Month on Bainbridge Island was to raise awareness of and encourage involvement in Arbor Day and Earth Day, said Dee Eisenhauer, pastor at Eagle Harbor UCC on Bainbridge Island.

Members of Eagle Harbor UCC and friends planted a Splitrock Hinoki Cypres tree on April 29 at the church.

Photo courtesy of Joel Sachett

“We seek to inspire everyone to protect our trees, our environment and our planet,” she said.  “Celebrate Trees! offered something for everyone, children and adults of all abilities.”  

There were weed pulls and lectures on eradicating invasive species that attack trees.  Tree books and art were featured at local galleries, the library and bookstore, and local bakeries featured preparing tree- and earth-shaped cookies. 

Tours of significant trees in the community were offered. 

 Two members of the Eagle Harbor church, Christine Perkins and Elissa Kratzer, were instrumental in organizing the Celebrate Trees! events for the community.

As a capstone event for Earth Month, members of the church and representatives from other faith communities planted a Splitrock Hinoki Cypress tree “to express gratitude for our living forests and bless a new community tree,” said Dee.

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