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Employees, inmates from state prisons near Hagerstown to join in statewide tree-planting effort

April 01, 2008

Employees and some inmates from the three state prisons south of Hagerstown will be among Maryland Division of Correction personnel who are to plant more than 4,000 trees across Maryland on Wednesday.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says the Arbor Day observance will launch a campaign by the department to eventually plant 1 million trees across the state.

Inmates from Maryland Correctional Enterprises will plant 150 trees at Antietam National Battlefield Wednesday following a ceremony at 8 a.m.

At 10 a.m. that day, staff and inmates from the three prisons will hold a brief ceremony before planting trees at Antietam Creek and at the stone house administrative offices next to the Maryland Correctional Institution.

The DOC also plans to plant hundreds of seedlings on Roxbury Road prison property and will donate hundreds of trees to the towns of Hancock and Boonsboro according to a prepared release from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

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