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Archive for Sunday, March 29, 1992

TREE PROJECT TAKING ROOT FOR SCOUTS

March 29, 1992

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Saturday's rain may have canceled some events, but not the tree planting activities of about 500 area Girl Scouts.

"We're tough, and the trees love it," said Mary Anderson, who chairs the Girl Scouts' DARE (Doing Activities to Restore the Earth) committee.

Anderson supervised the distribution of about 300 trees and shrubs to area Scouts, who planted groves of trees at schools in Lawrence, Perry-Lecompton, Williamstown districts and in city parks in Eudora and Baldwin.

Anderson, who is the leader of Troop No. 691, Brownies who are first-graders at Pinckney School, said the girls were slated to plant groves and put in shrubs at all of the schools in Lawrence except for Lawrence High School.

"The local troops for each school will plant the trees, and they will adopt the grove and care for it during the coming years," she said.

The Girl Scouts planted five-foot redbuds, river birches, red maples and burr oaks.

"They were chosen because they are low- or no-maintenance, they are fast-growing and they are disease-resistant," Anderson said.

Most of the trees are being planted in circular groves of seven or more trees, she said.

"That way they can put picnic tables underneath and have a good ecosystem," she said.

The groves are being mulched to make them easier to maintain for the schools, she said.

Saturday's tree-planting activity was the kickoff for the DARE program, she said.

"This is the beginning of a program that is being set up to do this kind of activity that the kids could not do on their own and to unite the Scouts with community experts and leaders to accomplish needed environmental projects," she said.

She said the local Girl Scout leaders have worked with George Osborne, the city forester, on plans for the groves.

Money for the trees was donated by local business and local parent-teacher organizations, she said. Mulch was donated by the city, the school district and Lawrence Landscape, 535 North.

Anderson said the plantings were to continue through Wednesday. About 11 of the projects were scheduled for Saturday.

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