The Division of Parks and Recreation hooked me up with three trees for my Earth Day tree planting with the Rotary Club of Saipan. Two of the trees were da'ok trees, Calophyllum inophyllum. Do you know the trees lining the road to the Grotto? Those are da'ok trees that we planted in 2006. There are also several large da'ok trees at Sugar King Park.
The third tree was a non-native species, the only specimen of its kind growing at Parks & Rec. It is a species of banyon, Ficus religiosa. As far as I know, there are only two trees of this species growing in the CNMI. There is one at the botanical garden in Papago and one growing on Tinian.
I went all out for the tree planting today. After digging the holes this morning I took the shovels back to my apartment where I cleaned them and painted them gold. I also bought three big bags of mulch to place around the trees, fertilizer, and bottled water (less salt than tap water).
The tree planting took place with the Rotary Club of Saipan and the ISK8 Society, a local club for skateboarders. I've said before that the best events are always the ones we do with kids. Even with the pressure to appear cool, they always seem the most receptive to our message.