Hundreds of people endured unpredictable weather on Saturday (April 1) to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Mission Municipal Forest.
Crowds withstood hail, snow, heavy rain and sun to plant over 130 trees as part of the City of Mission’s “cutblock party”. According to a city news release, roughly 300 people attended the event in Stave Falls from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Despite the weather, Missionites showed their passion for the forest once again,” said Mission Mayor Paul Horn in a news release. “It was wonderful to experience an event in the Stave Falls area and to remind people of the beauty of our forests.”
The event featured activities such as axe-throwing, hiking, sawing and an art table.
“This fun community event was a great opportunity to educate our residents about our reforestation program,” Senior Forest Technologist Kelly Kitsch said. “Our professional contract tree planters plant about 80,000 seedlings every spring, right after harvesting is completed. We plant western red cedar, Douglas-fir and western white pine seedlings, which are monitored closely for the next decade.”
Participants of the event also took home seedlings to plant on their own.