Harrison Smith came to the Beautify CNMI meeting last September looking for a community service project and left with an idea to plant some Flame Trees in a public place.
With trees donated from Herminia and Ron Fusco, tools donated from Friends of the Mariana Islands, and donuts donated by his mom, Christina, Harrison led his boy scout troupe through the streets of Koblerville to plant 26 Flame Trees this morning.
Long time readers of this blog (both of you) might remember that we planted some Flame Trees here in Koblerville 2007. Most of those trees have survived, but a few died. Today we filled in the spaces where trees were missing and continued the line of trees in front of the school.
Only three of the ten or so trees we planted in front of the elementary school survived from 2007. Matt Smith called them "The Three Brothers." We gave The Three Brothers 18 little brothers and sisters this morning.
We also planted 8 trees in front of the community center and fire station along the main road.
It is unfortunate that some of the trees from 2007 died. The main culprit is the bushcutter. Workers cutting the grass damage the trees with their tools. Sometimes it just damages the trees, sometimes it stunts the growth, and sometimes it kills them.