Volunteers to Plant 3400 Trees Saturday, January 15, 2011 | Environment

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Volunteers to Plant 3400 Trees Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rails Trail will be the site Saturday as nearly two hundred  Greenscape volunteers will plant 3500 trees. The trail begins just west of Interstate 295 near Marietta and ends in Baldwin and is part of a linear park system providing varied recreational opportunities including horseback riding, biking, rollerblading and running. Although the park has extensive tree canopy along most of its route, there are several gaps where there are few, if any trees adjacent to the trail. Through the use of volunteer labor and smaller trees, it is possible to plant several thousand trees at a relatively small cost. Trees will be 3 gallon size and some of the species used will be: Long Leaf Pine, Live Oak, Red Cedar, Southern Magnolia, Sweet Gum, Winged Elm, Holly, Redbud, Sweet Bay and others. The trees will be planted as if designed by nature, not overly landscaped.

In addition to the shade and beauty these trees will provide, there will be obvious environmental benefits from this project. Using statistics from the U. S. Forest Service, it is estimated that 3500 trees planted along the trail route will absorb almost 85 tons of carbon dioxide each year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 7,000 people

Volunteers will meet at 8:00am at Camp Milton for warm-up exercises and team assignments. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and shovels if they have them. All will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

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