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Pines planted for Arbor Day

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By The Staff

Chiefland Elementary School kindergartners celebrated Earth Day with a pine tree planting and more.  Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Forester Daniel Barrand partnered with Andrews State Nursery - Division of Forestry, which donated nearly 200 pine seedlings for the youngsters. Thanks to Tommy Rogers

For Arbor Day, Barrand took co-workers Terry Kelly, Jason Coates, and Jaclyn Solodovnick along with him to help 150 budding-ecologists learn the benefits of trees for wildlife and people. Terry provided encouragement and Arbor Day stickers to decorate the plastic pots she brought. Jason hoisted bags of potting to fill the pots for planting while Jaclyn taught what trees need to grow. Daniel ended the lesson by having the kids help him plant trees at the school with a dibble, a tool of the trade.

Three cheers for the Refuge staff and Andrews Nursery for getting kids outside, making a difference in our community and for our Earth.