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Taking Root: WVU Extension and Wheeling Distribute Trees for City Parks, Trails

Karen Cox, a West Virginia University Extension Agent for Ohio County, left, and Jesse Mestrovic, director of parks and recreation, provide a tree and planting instructions to Wheeling resident Sonya Fedorko on Wednesday.

The WVU Extension Service of Ohio County and Wheeling’s Parks and Recreation Department invited the public to join them in celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting 140 trees in parks throughout the City of Wheeling. The trees were provided through the Mountaineer Treeways grant from the West Virginia Division of Forestry. More than 100 participants turned out to adopt and pick up a tree at tent setup by the extension service in the parking lot at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday and Wednesday. Although city parks are still closed, and groups are limited to five or less, families were invited to plant a tree at a designated location at one of the city’s parks or trails. Parks and rail trail areas were chosen for this project based on need for erosion control or lack of tree cover. Participants are being asked to care for the trees for one year.

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