March 2016 Enews

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Dear Wolf River Conservancy Partner:

This year’s 11th Annual Tree Planting event was once again a success thanks largely to the hardy 250+ plus volunteers who arrived on Saturday morning ready to help in spite of temperatures in the mid-40's. Approximately 500 Eastern Redbud trees were planted along with milkweed and other butterfly-loving plants at Shelby Farms Park along Hester Road which is parallel to and visible from Walnut Grove Rd.

This year’s event is the first phase of a three-year plan by the Wolf River Conservancy and Shelby Farms Park Conservancy to plant a variety of native trees including Eastern Redbud and Dogwood at this location to provide seasonal color along the road, in addition to all the other benefits of trees.

During the kickoff to our tree planting, volunteers were reminded that because Shelby Farms Park lies within the Wolf River Watershed, the WRC mission to "conserve and enhance the Wolf River Watershed as a sustainable natural resource" is well-served by planting native trees and flowers in this location.

We wish to thank the generous financial sponsors who helped ensure that our tree plant was a success: International Paper and FedEx (Presenting Sponsors); Brother International (Gold Sponsor); The Indian Community Fund of Greater Memphis; The Memphis Garden Club; The Little Garden Club.

We also would like to acknowledge and thank our partners for this year’s event, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and the West Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council.

Finally, thank you to the 100+ individuals who contributed toward this years’ event by sponsoring a tree! Please visit our website at this link to see a full list of individual tree donors.

To view photos of the 2016 Tree Plant, please use this link.

Be sure to check our Activity Calendar as temperatures warm so we can help you enjoy the Wonder of the Wolf. As always, thanks for your continued support!



Keith Cole
Executive Director

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April 2

First Saturday Paddle



April 9

Early Birding Paddle


April 12

Drink a Beer, Save a River 


April 16

15-Mile Challenge Paddle


April 21

Wolf River Watershed Expo


April 23

Wolf River Watershed Expo Family Day


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