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Tree-planting volunteers wanted in Martinsburg

April 17, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Officials are hoping to recruit volunteers to help plant trees Monday along East John Street in Martinsburg as part of efforts to improve the environment.

The planting is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. across from Roach Energy, according to Herb Peddicord of the West Virginia Division of Forestry. Monday is recognized as Earth Day.

The trees will be planted to enhance wildlife habitat along Tuscarora Creek, help filter stormwater runoff to improve water quality, make the stream bank more stable and add to the city’s urban tree canopy, according to an announcement from Peddicord.

From John Street, officials will disburse to Oak Street and Charlotte Prather parks to plant a few other trees there, officials said.

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Trees also are to be planted in Leeland Playground, Ambrose and Martin Luther King Jr. parks and along Boyd Avenue, according to plans approved by the Martinsburg City Council last month.

The tree plantings are being made possible through a Chesapeake Bay Community Grant that the city received through the state Division of Forestry.

Berkeley and Jefferson counties were found to be among the “highest priority” counties in the nation in need of more trees, according to a U.S. Forest Service study in 2009.

Volunteers should bring water to drink, gardening or work gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, and a spade or shovel. Work clothes and boots are recommended.

Those interested in volunteering or for more information, call Peddicord at 304-229-2665 or send an email to herb.f.peddicord@wv.gov.

— Matthew Umstead

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