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Project coordinated by Washington County Soil Conservation District

January 15, 2012

The Washington County Soil Conservation District, in partnership with the Washington County Board of Education, Department of Natural Resources, elementary, middle and high school students from Williamsport schools and Williamsport Lions Club, held a tree planting at the Williamsport school complex Nov. 3.  

Approximately 80 students participated.

Sunny Meadows Greenhouse donated 14 larger trees toward the project, while the Lions Club provided the funding for the majority of the trees, which came from Natural Resources' Tree-Mendous Maryland Program.

The Board of Education supplied 60 cubic yards of mulch.  

Denise Price, the district's urban program director, brought all the partners together and handled the logistics for the event. She also worked with Aaron Cook (forester) of Natural Resources, Paul Breakall (IPM coordinator/turf care technician) and the Board of Education to select the best-suited trees and location for the school site.

John Swauger and Kristin Shank from Washington County's Department of Public Works (engineering and construction) were on hand to assist and supervise students planting trees.    

The Lions Club participated as part of its international Million Tree Planting Campaign.   

Four local Williamsport Lions Club members participated and acted as the project coordinators for the club.  

 The trees were planted in an area adjacent to an unnamed tributary to the Potomac River to provide an educational area for students.

For more information, call Price at 301-797-6821, ext. 3, or go to  www.conservationplace.com.

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