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Agency gives $1,510 to plant trees in Smithsburg

September 20, 2005

The Washington County Soil Conservation District is providing $1,510 to plant trees at Smithsburg High School.

About 66 trees, each five- to six-feet tall, are to be planted along Grove Creek adjacent to the school athletic fields.

The trees will provide stream side habitat, enhance the aesthetics and improve water quality, District Manager Elmer Weibley said.

Paul Eriksson and Charles Burdick of USDA's Western Maryland Resource, Conservation and Development Council, working with the state's Department of Natural Resources Forestry Service, sought the grant. Paul Breakall with the Washington County Board of Education's maintenance de-partment is to coordinate the project and provide labor. Smithsburg students will help.

Betty Meyers, soil conservation district chair, said the money comes from the annual tree seedling sale proceeds.

Over the years, the money has been used for such projects as planting trees elsewhere and rehabilitating a pond at the Anita Lynne Home.

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Anyone wanting to buy seedlings may contact the district at 301-797-6821, ext. 3.




Lee McDaniel, district supervisor of the Harford Soil Conservation District, has been elected president of the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts.

McDaniel also has managed his family's 850-acre beef and crop farm since 1972.

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