The tree-planting is part of the All-Star legacy project aimed to transform the preserve into a nature sanctuary complete with prairie, savanna, maple-basswood forest and a storm water management system of filtration ponds and wetlands, as well as to expand the trail to create an 18-mile uninterrupted path through nature.
The tree-planting was also part of the fourth annual Hope Week for the Twins, which featured several charitable efforts throughout the week.
Other events included a fishing outing with children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities hosted by Twins closer Glen Perkins on Tuesday at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. First baseman Joe Mauer also hosted a Picnic in the Park on Wednesday with patients from Gillette Children's Hospital in the Legends Club at Target Field.
The tree-planting was the first of many projects for the Twins as part of their legacy giving effort with the club set to host the All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15.
The Twins and Major League Baseball are set to contribute a record $8 million toward local projects and national charitable initiatives as part of the 2014 All-Star community legacy effort.
"It's humbling," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "Obviously the All-Star Game itself is going to be a wonderful showcase of the ballpark, the city and the state but the legacy giving projects are going to be here long after the All-Star Game concludes. So it's really a chance to give back and make a difference to people who need help."
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