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Town honored for tree planting

March 14, 2007

WILLIAMSPORT - The Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee awarded a silver-level plant award to the Town of Williamsport for its efforts in supporting urban forests in 2006.

Councilman Jeff Cline said he recently received word from Emilie Cooper of the Department of Natural Resources about the award.

Cooper and Jennifer Dotson of the Interstate Commission of the Potomac River Basin helped the Town of Williamsport obtain the grant of approximately $5,000 for tree planting in Byron Memorial Park last April, Cline said.

In her e-mail, Cooper described the effort as "volunteerism at its best."

She spoke of how volunteers were undeterred by bad weather, getting on their knees to plant wildflowers, and trucks loaded with trees drove up and down a path dropping off trees at designated holes. Volunteers planted more than 300 trees that day.

The plantings are a part of an ongoing effort to prevent water pollution caused by runoff.

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The award was given for continuing efforts in planting and caring for trees, and increasing the public's knowledge, understanding and appreciation of trees and their role in helping create healthy, sustainable communities.

Cline said an official unveiling of the park project is expected in May.

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