Party with a tree

September is tree-planting time in Duluth and residents are being asked to take part in several planting parties sponsored by the city’s Trees and Trails Commission.

“When September rolls around, it’s time to get some trees in the ground,” said Judy Gibbs, Trees and Trails coordinator. “They act as windbreaks and provide shade to homes, which reduces energy costs, and they build a stronger community.”

This year, the tree-planting parties will focus on bike paths and shore areas. They are free and open to volunteers of all ages. The Natural Resource Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth is partnering with the city on the project.

Here is a list of parties in neighborhoods across the city:

* Lester Park: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 16. Meet at upper parking lot above Bridge Seven on Seven Bridges Road.

* Irving Park: 2-4 p.m. Sept. 22. Meet at community center at 20 S. 57th Ave. W.

* Hartley Park: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Meet at the Hartley Nature Center at 3001 Woodland Ave.

* Lakewalk: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 26.

Meet at the Lakewalk bridge between London Road and Superior Street at 61st Avenue East.

Register for a party by contacting Cheryl Skafte at (218) 393-9879 or