Newark’s 100 plus Rotarians have been planning all year to meet Rotary International’s President Ian Riseley’s challenge make a difference in the environment by planting a tree for each of its members. Several Rotarians “kicked off” their tree plantings on Earth Day, April 22nd at Lock 28B of the Erie Canal by planting 3 white oak saplings. The Newark Club is working in partnership with ERP Environmental Fund, Inc and its Newark Greenhouse, managed by Rotarian Laura Bailey, and the New York State Canal Corporation. Fifty white oak and white pine saplings will be planted as part of the Canal Forest Reforestation Project. The project will focus on areas and towns along the Erie Canal that were historically logged of white oaks and pines for the construction of ships that traveled the canal system. The remaining fifty trees are being planted by Rotarians at Newark residences and the Trail of Hope in Lyons.