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Roots and Routes to Grow

A Community Tree Planting Day

This May, Exelon, CN Rail and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service sponsored a tree planting in the Chicago Park District's Burnham Wildlife Corridor.

The Nature Conservancy, Openlands, Chicago Wilderness and other partner organizations provided support.

More than 700 volunteers from the neighboring Bronzeville and Pilsen neighborhoods attended the event. 

Volunteers of all ages took part in the tree planting.

Burnham Wildlife Corridor runs along Lakeshore Drive and provides important stopover habitat for migratory birds.

Volunteers planted native tree species such as tulepo, which benefit birds and wildlife.

The trees planted will provide "nesting and resting" habitat for migratory birds.

The tree planting, held the day before Mother's Day, gave families a chance to enjoy nature together.

One of the event goals was to provide "routes" for the next generation to become good stewards of the land.

Representatives from US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Chicago Park District, The Nature Conservancy, and other sponsor and partner organizations were in attendance.

The tree planting supports urban conservation efforts throughout the city of Chicago.

At the end of the day, everyone got something to take home and plant in their own backyard.

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