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  • 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.
Roots and Routes to Grow
A Community Tree Planting Day

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