For the Love of the Lake volunteers plant trees around White Rock Lake. (Photo courtesy of Mike Schmitt.)

For the Love of the Lake volunteers braved 30-degree weather Saturday to help reforest areas around White Rock Lake.

The volunteers planted 13 saplings at the Celebration Tree Grove, which surrounds pathways near East Lawther and Poppy drives on the northeast edge of White Rock Lake, chairman Mike Schmitt said. The group raises money to plant and irrigate new trees through plaques that people can purchase to honor, remember or celebrate someone.

The trees planted include six bald cypress, three Oklahoma redbuds, two chinquapin oaks, one Mexican plum and one burr oak.

White Rock Lake Park supervisors unloaded the trees, which were about 3-4 inches thick, using heavy equipment and dug holes for the volunteers to plant them, Schmitt said.

“We want to thank the volunteers who showed up,” he said. “They really deserve kudos for their dedication. They were definitely not small trees, and everyone had to work hard to get them planted.”

The chairman added that Andy’s Sprinkler Company will irrigate the saplings for two years as required by the parks department.


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