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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Tree planting takes root

Herald Times Reporter

MANITOWOC — Tara Russell knows the practical benefit of planting trees.

Russell ordered 8,000 trees from the state Department of Natural Resources for more than 8 acres of farmland she owns in the town of Kossuth. The mix of white spruce and hardwood trees planned for the property will increase habitat for native wildlife and add to the aesthetic beauty of the area, Russell said.

"But the No. 1 reason for it was about helping to preserve water quality in this area," she said.

The trees will serve as a buffer strip to prevent water quality problems in groundwater as well as impacts of possible agricultural runoff into a nearby tributary to the Branch River, she said.

Many locations sell trees for people looking to add more green to their properties. The DNR's tree-ordering program requires a minimum order of 1,000 trees, but smaller orders may be placed through Woodland Dunes Nature Center, Camp TaPaWingo, local nurseries and hardware stores, said Sue Crowley, local DNR forester.

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