2011-11-25 / Top Stories

RWA Gets A Little Help From Their Friends At REI


Main photo: RWA and REI group shot. Center picture: REI volunteers inspecting a tree. Below left: frontal view of members. Bottom right: Student Intern Loriann Lawrence and REI Volunteer mulch the base of a tree. Photos by Giles Ashford. Main photo: RWA and REI group shot. Center picture: REI volunteers inspecting a tree. Below left: frontal view of members. Bottom right: Student Intern Loriann Lawrence and REI Volunteer mulch the base of a tree. Photos by Giles Ashford. Over the last month, RWA student interns have been working together with the nationally known recreation gear retailer, REI. The work they have been doing is a continuation of The Tree Corps Project being sponsored by Capital One Bank, that began in September.

The tree project was designed to give students the opportunity to take part in the beautification of their neighborhood. Students are educated on the types of trees and how to properly maintain each one. Students are learning what trees are indigenous to the northeast, as well as how to prepare the trees for the upcoming winter. Part of the interns’ duties, aside from learning about local forestry, is to care for and monitor the newly planted trees within the 10 block radius of Beach 59 Street. REI came out on a few occasions to lend a hand and for some of the volunteers; it was the first time visiting the Rockaways. The extra volunteers were a welcome sight and thanks to REI, the interns will be supplied with some allweather gear, so even in bad conditions the work can still continue.

Inspired by all the hard work of the RWA youth and the beauty and potential of the Rockaways, in 2012 REI will partner with RWA on more events aimed at environmental awareness and outdoor fitness. Throughout the New York area, REI will be holding workshops and trainings with partners in the five boroughs. Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is excited for the opportunity to be the Queens borough representative by helping facilitate these community events. Through a partnership such as this, the possibilities are endless and the benefits can prove to be long-lasting for the community.



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