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THE Rotary Club of Saipan on Saturday planted 40 flame trees on Tun Herman Pan Road in the airport area, club president Sonya Dancoe said.

The activity is part of the “Save the Flame Tree” project, which aims to  preserve one of the island’s most eye-catching trees, she added.

Tun Herman Pan Road was named after the father of club past president Herman T. Guerrero who participated in the tree planting.

The second phase of the project will plant 40 flame trees along Beach Road, while phase three will  plant flame trees at Suicide Cliff.

Dancoe said the Saipan mayor’s office prepared the site on Tun Herman Pan Road before the  tree planting Saturday.

 

 Saipan Rotarians led by club president Sonya Dancoe, right, pose during their tree planting activity on Tun Herman Pan Road, Saturday. Contributed photo

Working in partnership with the Rotary, the Commonwealth Ports Authority and the Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance will assist in maintaining the site and watering the plants.

CNMI Forestry and the Miss Earth-NMI organization are also helping in the implementation of the project.

From April to August, Dancoe said flame trees bloom throughout the island, and are celebrated in the annual Flame Tree Arts Festival.

“Sadly, many of them were silent victims of Super Typhoons Soudelor and Yutu,” she said. “It is our responsibility as members of the community to preserve this natural resource for future generations.”

Club community service director Joann Aquino, who is also the director of the mayor’s office field personnel, said, “The physical environment and atmosphere are important in creating a good first impression among our guests.”

Flame trees near the airport will be a warm welcome to guests and visitors, she added.

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