The record heavy snow (“http://www.crh.noaa.gov/arx/?n=may0213″) that fell on Rochester impacted trees throughout the city. Work on fallen trees continues in the days and weeks ahead. While some tree debris is the responsibility of the city, other tree debris removal falls upon individual owner. How can you tell the difference?
Public trees are along the curb in the public right-of-way, in a boulevard, or in park land. Private trees are in yards (behind the sidewalk), or other “non-public” sites. Homeowners often handle their own tree debris. If help is needed, be sure to contact a licensed tree professional (see Parks website for
Photo: The 2012 Trash Mountain piled up at Waste Management.
Join Us for the A Litter Bit Better! Trash Mountain Results!
Have you noticed the sudden appearance of green trash bags and blue recycling bags along roadsides, at parks, and in the hands of litter pickers?
This year, over 3,000 volunteers trolled for litter at over 200 locations in Rochester during the 7th annual A Litter Bit Better! city-wide clean-up event. How much litter and recycling was plucked from our City grounds?
Join us at the big weigh-in at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30th at the Waste Management scale house in Rochester (6670
Pick it up on April 20-27
During the week of April 20-27, 2013, volunteers from Rochester neighborhoods, businesses, groups, and individuals will once again, be joining together to pick up the litter in our community. Last year 5.96 tons of litter was picked up across 78% of Rochester by 226 groups, a total of 3116 total volunteers. Check out the stats from last year on our website.
You can help by volunteering to pick up Rochester. Register on our website or by calling 507-328-2431.
Groups collect litter across Rochester
We need your help!
Check our website for more about A Litter Bit Better! and
On Saturday, May 5, 2012, over 500 neighbors, youth, and other community volunteers worked together to plant 1,200 trees in one morning, a record number of trees planted in one morning for the state of Minnesota and the RNeighborWoods program.
The city’s boulevard tree spaces are currently over half empty and each year 500-900 boulevard trees are removed to disease or damage. We need your help to add more community trees to this neighborhood. We’ll be planting 200 trees starting at Adventure Playground (part of Silver Lake Park) The trees for this event were sponsored by Rochester Public Utility and the City
Partnering Sponsors – Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), Maier Tree & Lawn, and Rochester Park & Recreation hold an Annual Arbor Day Celebration on the last Friday in April every year.
The celebration is held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in downtown Rochester and is open to the public. The festivities include live music, lunch, free trees, various vendors, and many family activities. Winners of the elementary school Arbor Day Poster Contest are also announced.
Friday, April 26, 2013
11 am-1 pm
Mayo Park, located behind the Mayo Civic Center. As in past years, if there is extreme weather, the event will be moved indoors – this
After you attend Rochester Public Utilities’ 11th Annual Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, April 26 at Mayo Park from 11am-1 pm, come celebrate Arbor Day afternoon and plant 50 trees under utility lines.
Join us and plant the right tree in the right place, short trees for under power lines.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Meet east of the river along the power line area of Mayo Park, East of Mayo Civic Center
• No cost
• No experience necessary
• All ages welcome
• If you have one, bring a shovel (labeled with your name)
Tree Types for Under Power Lines
MN Strain Redbud
Korean Mountian Ash
Here’s a link to the
There is no shortage of volunteer opportunities for people interested in clean water. Volunteers can monitor the water quality of local streams or adopt a local public space and prevent litter from entering our waterways. Together we can make a difference!
VOLUNTEER FOR CLEAN WATER
Go beyond learning and take action for cleaner water
There is no shortage of volunteer opportunities for people interested in clean water. The
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) needs volunteers to help monitor the
state’s 92,000 miles of rivers and 12,000-plus lakes. It’s easy to do and is a great way to
get fresh air! Citizen stream monitoring volunteers working with
Sponsored by the RNeighborWoods program, the Mayor’s Urban Forestry Volunteer Award was created to recognize amazing citizens, for outstanding contributions to Rochester’s urban forest. There are three categories for these awards including adult, youth and business.
2013 Mayor’s Urban Forestry Volunteer Award Winners
Adult: Jason Schilling
Business: Jim Whiting’s Nursery (Jim Whiting and Chris Graves)
These awards will be presented by Mayor Brede at the Environmental Awareness Month Proclamation, Tuesday, April 2, 10 am in the Rotunda of the Government Center.
Adult: Jason Schilling
Jason works at Mayo Clinic in a laboratory by day, but has been an advocate for neighborhood trees since 2008 when he moved to Rochester.
Photo: On April 9, 2011, over 40 people dedicated their Saturday on all about how to be a Citizen Forester.
When: Saturday April 13, 8am
Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center
Community Ed Class Number: 8644.231
Become a part of the Rochester urban forester team through this course led by the City of Rochester Forestry Division and RNeighborWoods. This class is packed with tree education, climbing, and planting. You’ll be an active participant in learning tree planting basics, care, basic arboriculture, urban forest advocacy, and hands-on activities.
Discover techniques that will give you the knowledge to correctly plant trees that will grow 100 years or more, rather than the
Congratulations to Bob for his award! He has made many carving and creative contributions to RNeighbors over the years and is an asset to the RNeighbors board.
Local carver to be recognized for contribution and achievement by Rochester Woodcarvers club Rochester, MN- March 20, 2013: Bob Nowicki will be recognized as the featured carver at the Rochester Woodcarvers 37th annual woodcarving show to be held March 23-24, 2013 at the 4H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds in Rochester, MN. Hours for the show will be 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day with free admission. Bob has been carving for many years