POSTED: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 5:44pm
Longview, TX (Longview News-Journal) — Longview got a little greener Monday as officials from the city, Texas A&M Forest Service and Keep Longview Beautiful planted 24 species of trees around the municipal complex on Cotton Street.
“This is in keeping with our goal to make Longview a more environmentally friendly and inviting community,” said Dionne Lott, vice president of Keep Longview Beautiful.
Many of the 30 trees that were planted are replacing ones that perished in the drought of 2011. Money for the project was raised this past weekend.
“Trees add to the beauty of Longview and help us have a greener, cleaner environment,” Lott said. “They also provide shade and just make people feel better about living here.”
Shawn Hara, city spokesman, said it was just the first step in replacing trees lost to drought. The next phase will involve planting trees in either Teague Park or Stamper Park.
“This is a good place for us to start, though, because it’s easy to provide irrigation to trees in this area,” Hara said. “It’s somewhat more challenging to make sure trees in the parks are getting enough water.”
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