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Green Event plants trees at Prescott Valley Elks Lodge
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Travis Williams, plant specialist with Prescott Valley Nursery, helps install a tree at Elks Lodge 330 as Cub Scout and Boy Scout volunteers dig holes behind him.
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Travis Williams, plant specialist with Prescott Valley Nursery, helps install a tree at Elks Lodge 330 as Cub Scout and Boy Scout volunteers dig holes behind him.
Patrick Whitehurst
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The Kohl's Green Event, an annual landscaping project, celebrated its third year of service in the Prescott Valley community Saturday by planting more than 20 trees at Elks Lodge 330 on East 2nd Street.

Prescott Valley Nursery helped coordinate the event in conjunction with local Kohl's employees and others who volunteered their time for the event. Kohl's served as the primary sponsor for the landscaping effort.

Roy Jenkins, events coordinator with Prescott Valley Public Library, has worked with Kohl's in the past on projects at the Teen Library and other green projects.

"Kohl's has sponsored some of our teen activities and events. They asked if I would help with the green event. I said I be glad to and now we're in our third year in a row," Jenkins said. "It's very rewarding to help make the town more beautiful."

Last year, he said, volunteers greened Step One in Prescott Valley.

"The year before that it was Old Towne Park and this year it's the Elks Lodge," Jenkins said. "Year after year, Kohl's sponsors these community-minded activities. These are sizable donations."

As part of their "Tree City" effort, Prescott Valley holds a number of tree planting activities around the community, Jenkins said.

Flowering plum trees, flowering pear trees and more were donated for the 2013 site. According to Travis Williams, plant specialist for Prescott Valley Nursery, 22 five-gallon plants and a 20-gallon Hinoki cypress were planted at the Prescott Valley Elks Lodge.

"Hinoki is a brand new tree. It will go well in the front. It stays small," Williams said.

Cub Scout Troupe 330 and Boy Scout Troupe 330, both sponsored by the Elks, also helped out Saturday. Altogether, more than 60 volunteers turned out for the event.

"As soon as Travis explained how to do everything, the scouts just went to work," Jenkins said.

Steven Thompson, Elks Lodge 330 secretary, said the organization appreciated the effort of the volunteers.

"They pick an area every year. We jumped right in and accepted their generous offer. We really appreciate what they're doing and all their help," Thompson said.

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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: Natalia Molina

I am eminently impressed by this collaboration. When businesses and community groups work together on environmental and social issues, the community wins. Well done Kohl's, Elks, PV Nursery, and Cub Scouts!

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: Nancy Millera

Go native, not green.

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