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Volunteers Replant Trees at John Dam Park in Richland for Arbor Day

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The planting of about ten trees at John Dam Plaza in Richland wasn't only to replace what had been lost during a storm; the Parks and Recreation department used the event to teach a class of third graders how to plant the trees.

A big windstorm last winter left lots of damage around the area. The storm knocked over about 100 trees in Richland including many at John Dam Plaza. At least nine large trees were completely uprooted leaving gaping holes and debris all over the park.

In celebration of arbor day they replanted the trees that were lost. The mayor even got involved by showing kids how to water the first tree after it was planted.

"Trees are ever so important to Richland parks, mostly because of the heat of our intense summers," explained Joe Schiessl, the Director of Parks and Rec. in Richland. "When people want to come out and enjoy the outdoors in the summer time, they tend to flock to Richland parks because of the shade."

Richland's Parks and Rec. department hopes that the event may inspire people to plant more trees of their own to make their city a little bit shadier and a lot more beautiful.