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Vancouver honors volunteers with tree planting

March 15, 2024

City of Vancouver Volunteer and Urban Forestry programs added seven trees to the Volunteer Grove at Centerpointe Park (N.E. Fourth Plain Boulevard at Pacific Way). The Volunteer Grove recognizes civically minded residents and groups who donate their time to the City of Vancouver. Now in its seventh year, the Volunteer Grove tree planting was accompanied by an award ceremony to celebrate the honorees on March 9.

“Each year we plant trees to symbolize the commitment of our volunteers,” said Hailey Heath, volunteer coordinator for the City of Vancouver. “The Volunteer Grove reminds us of the legacy created by these residents who choose to donate their time to strengthen their community. Planting trees has never been more essential, and we are grateful for these volunteers whose dedication to our community has now inspired the planting of more trees that will be enjoyed for decades and beyond.”

The 2024 honorees and nominators are:

  • Evelyn Hallett, 50+ Recreation Programs
  • Kyle Roslund, Naturespaces Partner
  • Leah Jackson, Transportation and Mobility Commission
  • Mike Cavanaugh, Vancouver Fire Department
  • Skylar Dopps, Morgan Geddry & Sukyoung Kim; Parks Volunteers
  • Varun Rathi and Family, Naturespaces
  • Vancouver Police Department’s Interoffice Mail Delivery Team

Nominations for the Volunteer Grove are accepted year-round and submitted on behalf of individuals, organizations and businesses that have made a significant and positive impact in the Vancouver community.

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Media contact: Melody Burton, Senior Communications Specialist;, 360-869-8746