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Fort friends to plant pine trees in park

June 01, 2000|By KERRI SACCHET

BIG POOL - Preserving and remembering history is important to members of the nonprofit organization Friends of Fort Frederick, who will replant pine trees Saturday in the state park.

Friends of Fort Frederick President Chas Rittenhouse said that a blight hit the trees in the late 1980s, destroying the trunks and resulting in five acres of trees begin cut down.

Rittenhouse said the tree planting event will be a chance for naturalists to help the park and a way for people to see the different activities that go on in the park.

"I hope the event can encourage people to volunteer at Fort Frederick and show them that there are more opportunities than just re-enactment," Rittenhouse said.

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Fort Frederick, one of the largest French and Indian War sites in the country, is near agricultural areas that Rittenhouse said he hopes will draw naturalists to the park.

"We are trying to promote naturalist enthusiasm, and there are many places for them to go around here such as the Chesapeake Bay watershed and Potomac River," Rittenhouse said.

The Friends of Fort Frederick will meet to begin the tree planting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Visitors Center. Rittenhouse said that volunteers are welcome.

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