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Friday, March 27, 2009

Tree planting event to be held Saturday

WINCHESTER -- Spring means time to plant more trees for an area conservation group that plans to host its third such event Saturday.

Opequon Watershed Inc. will hold its third annual community tree planting with Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Departments of Conservation and Recreation, Environmental Quality and Forestry, according to Jim Lawrence, watershed coordinator for the Opequon Targeted Watershed Project.

Volunteers will have about 450 trees and 50 shrubs to plant this year.

The group has expanded its efforts to include three sites for planting trees, Lawrence said, and volunteers will be joined by the three state agencies. Organizers try to plant trees along streams and drainage areas to create an important riparian buffer, he said.

"We work with three different state agencies, and all three of them support the notion that riparian trees or a riparian buffer, streamside tree plantings, are beneficial to the water quality problems that we have in the Opequon," Lawrence said.

This year the effort will be to plant trees at Frederick Douglass and Virginia Avenue-Charlotte DeHart elementary schools from 9 a.m. to noon.

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The painting is by Frederik Marianus Kruseman

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