Friends of Indian River Tree Planting

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Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lilac Avenue street parking


to do a major tree planting project along Indian River Road just east of the bridge. The Elizabeth River Project is extending its restoration efforts along the Eastern Branch, including Indian River. Representatives from the Friends of Indian River attended the first of several planning meetings to help set goals for the watershed-wide effort. The need for improved water quality – and expanded public access to the river, shoreline, and parks – for fishing, nature viewing, paddling, and ultimately swimming were highlighted.   We’ll be looking for ways to enable cooperative effort between Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, community groups, non-profits, business, schools, and individual citizens to make our river a better asset for our community.

Over 50 participants representing organization across the three surrounding cities attended the kick-off meeting.  Hundreds of ideas and suggestions were raised.  More meetings are planned and working groups are being set up to identify priorities for education, Public Involvement, Wildlife Habitat, Water Quality, and Sediment Quality. We’ll keep you posted! The City will have dug the holes and deliver the trees but we will need lots of volunteers to help plant the trees and shrubs, spread mulch, and get the job done. We hope many of you can come out and help! We hope that many of you can come out and help. Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves.  If you can, bring any gardening tools such as like cultivators, and shovels that are helpful in planting. Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.

For more information check out their website at if you are interested in helping out.