Merriam-Webster defines a volunteer as ‘a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service.’ Each day trillions of trees volunteer by providing shelter, habitat, food, and oxygen to all walks of life. It is our responsibility to give back to these ‘super volunteers’.
Minute Man National Historical Park was able to team up with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 132 from Concord, Massachusetts to create a volunteer service project at the Hartwell Tavern Orchard on Saturday July 22nd. Life Scout Justin Reed of Troop 132 developed this project to demonstrate leadership and to give back to his community. This would also be his Eagle Scout Project, which would allow him to move up in rank from Life to Eagle Scout. The National Park Service and American Conservation Experience (Myself) helped Justin Reed along the way to make sure proper paperwork and all material needed for the project was obtained. The goal of this project was to install deer netting enclosures around 24 newly planted apple trees that would prevent animals from devouring them.
In just three and half hours we were able to install all 24 enclosures. This could not have been done without the helping hands of the 16 volunteers that came to serve that day. The volunteers included members from Troop 132, the Zuelke family (previous family of the orchard) and residents from the surrounding areas (Lincoln, Lexington, Concord). Thanks to the service that was given that Saturday these trees will be able to grow tall and create healthy rings for the years to come. Just like how the people that volunteered will be able to grow the friendships they created through this volunteer service project.