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Lions Club receives Volunteer Organization of the Year award

Members from the Jamestown Lions Club accepted the 2013 Volunteer Organization of the Year Trees Award at the Trees Bowl and Awards Ceremony held in Fargo on Oct. 5. Nominations were received from across the state and the award winners were recognized by the North Dakota Forest Service and North Dakota State University.

Without the help of the Jamestown Lions Club, the "Northeast Living Snow Fence" could not have been completed. This project consists of five rows of trees, and was developed and designed to eventually prevent snow from blocking 19th Street Northeast in Jamestown. An additional 80 trees were hand planted to add diversity and aesthetics.

Lions Club members donated equipment and labor to till soil, remove rock, hand plant and water the trees for the first year. They also laid weed barrier, installed stakes, mulched and fenced to protect the trees from deer.

The award winners were honored at the Fargodome. During the awards ceremony, NDSU President Dean Bresciani and State Forester Larry Kotchman presented each winner with a special Trees Awards plaque and limited edition centennial trees print. The award winners were also recognized on the field during the NDSU half-time activities at the Trees Bowl Football Game in the Fargodome.

The area 2013 award winners include:

Conservation Achievement: Art Erfle, Carrington

Distinguished Service Award: Tony and Barb Braun, Napoleon

Natural Resources Professional: Rhonda Vetsch, Linton

Tree Celebration: Montana Dakota Utilities Co.