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Community Reforestation Project To Provide Peninsula Residents With Post-Isabel Replanting Opportunity

 

Date: February 19, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Leanne DuBois - 757-564-2170 email: ledubois@vt.edu

Brian Noyes - 804-932-4376 email: brian-noyes@va.nacdnet.org
Caren Schumacher - 757-565-0343 email: carenschu@widomaker

 

In response to tree loss due to Hurricane Isabel, bare root tree varieties will be made available to the public for a nominal cost on Saturday, March 13, 2004, at the JCC/Williamsburg Community Center on Longhill Road from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Bundled packages will include one of each of the following: Bald Cypress; Willow Oak; Loblolly Pine; White Oak; and River Birch.

 

"Immediately following the storm, the extension office was flooded with calls from concerned citizens about replanting trees," said Leanne DuBois, James City County Extension Agent. "The Community Reforestation Project is a direct result of these inquiries," she said.

 

The project is a joint effort of the following organizations: Virginia Cooperative Extension; James City County/Williamsburg/York Master Gardeners; Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District; Peninsula Tree Stewards; Williamsburg Land Conservancy; VA Department of Forestry; James River Association and James City County 4H. "It makes sense to bring like-minded organizations together to plan an event such as this," said Brian Noyes, District Manager, Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District. "This project gives each of our organizations a chance to carry out a part of our mission," Noyes said.

 

Workshops will be offered on the following topics: Revamping your landscape after Isabel; why our trees went down during Isabel and what to do now; the importance of forested land, water quality and land use; and hands-on planting demonstrations. Informational displays and an "Ask the Experts" panel will give citizens the opportunity to discuss replanting and other conservation topics of interest.

 

Billy Scruggs, a Board member of both the Conservancy and the Soil and Water Conservation District has helped the group obtain sponsorships. "I'm very pleased that both James City County and the City of Williamsburg have chosen to become sponsors and lend financial support to this important project," said Scruggs.

 

Trees that are not distributed on March 13 will be planted around the community by the partnering organizations.

 

An anonymous quote reflects the very essence of the Community Reforestation Project: The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.

 

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