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Trees being planted in front of Bath businesses

April 20, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Trees are to be planted soon in front of the businesses on Washington and Fairfax streets.

The tree project is part of the Cool Cities grant the Town of Bath was awarded, said Mayor Susan Webster at the Bath Town Council meeting Tuesday evening.

Herb Peddicord, Morgan County Service Forester for the West Virginia Division of Forestry, said 34 trees were ordered from Potomac Farms Nursery in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The Division of Forestry administers the grant, and Peddicord is working with town officials.

Peddicord said once the trees arrive, wood markers indicating the type of tree will be put in the designated planting sites. When the trees are planted, they will be staked and a strap will be placed around their root collars. The trees are about an inch in diameter, he said.

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Peddicord said trees will cool down the town, and that is why the grants are available.

"The plan is for the businesses to take ownership of these trees," he said.

Webster also introduced a proclamation, which the council members approved, to make April 29 Arbor Day in the Town of Bath. Webster said the proclamation will be read on April 21 at the site of the new Berkeley Springs sign on W.Va. 9 east.

Redbud trees will be planted there by the Ecology Coalition of Morgan County. The plantings and ceremony will start at noon, Webster said.

The Town of Bath is the local government inside Berkeley Springs.

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