Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (October 11, 2022) – The Climate Change Coalition’s Fall Big Plant and Grow program wrapped up Oct. 7 with the planting of 180 trees at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.
In all, this tree education and give away project donated 1080 trees to church, business, school and nonprofit partners. They include the Door County Library, Peninsula Preschool, Northern Door Children Center, Gibraltar School, Write On Door County, Boys & Girls Club, Ridges Sanctuary, Sunshine Resources, HELP of Door County, Hispanic Resources, Clearing, the Moravian Church, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Door Shakespeare, Turning Point Academy, Town of Gibraltar, Grasse’s Grille, Kick Ash Coffee, Door County Fire Chiefs, local farmers markets, and Destination Door County’s Sustainability Project.
Community plantings took place at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Mud Lake site in Baileys Harbor with help from Destination Door County and the Forest Recovery Project on Sept. 27 and at Crossroads.
The trees are all native varieties, including balsam fir, red and white pine, white spruce and white cedar. All are able to withstand the warming temperatures that climate change will bring.
Planting trees is one of the most effective ways to help the environment. Trees provide essential habitat, clear pollution from the air, prevent soil erosion, protect groundwater, and reduce energy consumption through windbreaks and shading.
Perhaps most importantly, trees are the lungs of the Earth, breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out the oxygen on which life depends. By this sequestering of carbon dioxide, they are thus a critical way to address climate change, caused in large part by excessive carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels.
The Fall Big Plant and Grow is part of the Climate Change Coalition’s 2022 Season of Action, which also offered field trips and brought nationally known experts to the county to address aspects of the climate crisis.