Annual Trees for Trails event is Saturday

Annual Trees for Trails event at Helmer Nature Center is Saturday
Posted on 01/13/2021

Trees will be chipped from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16th!

Local residents have been donating their Christmas trees to Helmer Nature Center during its Trees for Trails event since the 1976. HNC accepts the trees annually from Dec. 26th until mid-January, when Irondequoit Lawn & Landscape and High Falls Tree Service are on site to transform them into wood chips used to control erosion on HNC trails. Volunteers help unload trees and feed them into chippers.

Last year more than 900 trees were donated and chipped. More facts about Trees for Trails:

  • Originally, the Town of Irondequoit Department of Public Works would send staff and a woodchipper to chip the trees on a pre-selected day in January.
  • When the town was no longer able to provide staff and machinery in 2009, then-West Irondequoit CSD Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Jeff Crane, reached out to Irondequoit Lawn and Landscape for help. The company is owned and operated by Irondequoit High School graduate, Jeff Reisenberger.
  • Together with his friend, Erik Matzky, who owns High Falls Tree Service, Reisenberger agreed to send staff/machinery to do the chipping.
  • The staff that comes to the Trees for Trails event is totally volunteer.
  • Additionally, student and adult volunteers assist professional staff who process the trees.
  • Trees can be left at the HNC parking lot (tree trunks facing the parking lot, please) anytime. This year’s dates: Dec. 26 - January 16. (No trees accepted after 1 p.m. on Jan. 16.

About Helmer Nature Center

The mission of Helmer Nature Center, located at 154 Pinegrove Avenue, is to utilize the natural world as a classroom in order to provide practical, integrated learning opportunities, foster environmental awareness and promote the concept of global stewardship for life-long learners. Questions? Call 336-3035. Mrs. Karen Mazzola is the director.

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