Tree commission seeks volunteers for Parkersburg cleanup

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg Tree Commission is seeking volunteers for a Saturday downtown cleanup.

Commission members will be cleaning out and planting new vegetation in several planters in downtown Parkersburg. The service project is one of several planned commission projects for beautifying the community. Saturday’s project will focus on cleaning Fourth and Market streets, the hope is to organize projects throughout the city.

“This fiscal year, the tree commission was allocated additional funding to do beautification projects across the city,” said Rickie Yeager, city planner for Parkersburg and staff person for the tree commission. “While we’re excited to roll up our sleeves, projects like these are only successful when there is community participation.”

Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. under the tent at the Downtown Farmers’ Marketplace at Third and Market streets. The service project is expected to conclude by noon. Volunteers will be dispatched to their project site at the marketplace.

Scots Landscape Nursery in Vienna provided more than 70 plants at a reduced cost and helped with design layout. The Law Office of Robert K. Tebay III at Fourth and Juliana streets also contributed to the project.

Individuals wanting to contribute or volunteer this Saturday should contact Yeager at 304-424-8558 or via email at by Friday.

“We want to make sure we have enough supplies so everyone can be involved,” Yeager said.

If the service project is canceled due to inclement weather, organizers will make the announcement on the city’s website and Facebook page by 8 a.m. Saturday.

The Parkersburg Tree Commission was established in 1999 to preserve, maintain and grow the city’s tree canopy. However, in recent years there has been some discussion as to expanding the commission’s scope.

“There are a lot of places in town that need attention,” said commission member Pam Lutz. “With enough volunteers, hopefully we can help.”