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'Planting for the future'

Tree planting efforts ongoing in area

Arbor Day assistance, from left, Eric Seaborn, Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator, Boston, helps Sturbridge residents Don Miller (partially hidden) Penny Dumas and David Peterkin plant a tree along Fiske Hill as a part of Sturbridge’s effort to re-leaf the community after the tornado (click for larger version)
April 26, 2012
STURBRIDGE — April is always a busy month in town for tree planting, but the damage caused by last year's tornado and October snowstorm have caused officials to place an emphasis on replenishing devastated areas.

Members of the Tree Warden Advisory Committee (TWAC) teamed up with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) last Thursday, April 19, to plant 80 trees on roads that sustained some of the heaviest damage, including Fiske Hill Road and Willard Road. They'll be back to work this Monday, April 30, to complete the project.

"We still need to plant 25 more trees on roads we didn't get to," said Tree Warden Thomas Chamberland.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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