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DEAR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF SOUTH SEAVILLE CAMP MEETING ASSOCIATION,

When the Association originally purchased this woodland site, it was shaded by white oak trees, which were little more than 30 years old.  Now, as we approach the Camp Meeting’s 153rd anniversary, it is evident that many of these giant beauties (along with cedars, maples, pines, and dogwoods) are in danger due to age, disease, building, and storm damage.
As we consider our goal to enable this Camp to thrive well into this new millennium, the replacement of trees on this gently wooded site is urgently important.  Many cottagers have already exercised considerable foresight by replanting and nurturing trees and bushes near their homes and around the Camp.
In addition, an effort is underway to plant younger, healthy trees of the varieties that have long been familiar to the area.  Lately, over 20 white oak saplings were donated for this purpose.  You may notice a number of tiny trees planted in common areas of the Camp.  Please be aware and careful of this new growth.
If you would like to have a part in providing shade and beauty for future generations, there are several ways to help:
  • Donate the cost for a tree to be planted in memory or honor of a loved one.
  • Cash donations of any amount will help to purchase needed materials such as mulch, stakes, watering devices, and tree food.
  • Be part of a “Green Team” responsible for planting, watering, and care of newly planted trees and bushes.
  • 2/15/18  Tree Report:
     
    Have you noticed the numerous young trees that have been planted around our beloved Camp?  This is an ongoing attempt to retain the tranquil and beautiful wooded areas which we have come to love and enjoy.  As our towering oaks are being trimmed and taken down one by one due to age or disease, it is important to replant for future generations.
     
    In recent weeks, we have planted over 25 new trees and bushes.  Most of the young trees have been fertilized and watered by hand this fall.  If you notice younger and newer trees around our campus, please be careful not to run into or over them.  It is a sad fact that a number of the trees planted here in recent years have been knocked over, cut off, or even dug up. 
     
    We are asking your help with the care of our younger trees.  When you return next spring, will you be mindful of watering any small trees within the scope of your hose and/or ability?  The more water we can get to these trees, the better they will grow and thrive. It is almost impossible for only a few people to keep everything watered properly, but with everyone’s help, we will all see the beautiful results!

    Thank you for considering the importance of healthy trees for the benefit of people and animals that find peace and rest in this beloved place.  Please use the attached form for your response. May we be good stewards of God’s resources.

    Sincerely in Christ,

                                                                         Margery and Dave Peiffer