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McCandless residents, businesses asked to participate in tree-planting program

Tony LaRussa
| Monday, March 5, 2018, 3:42 p.m.

McCandless is asking residents and businesses to participate in a tree-planting program by reporting to the town any trees planted on their properties.

In addition to increasing the size of the tree canopy in the town, trees help reduce stormwater runoff by absorbing nutrients and pollutants through its root systems.

Officials plan to tabulate the number of trees planted over a five-year period which started March 1 to determine how much sediment has been removed from the municipality's stormwater.

The tree planting program is part of the town's effort to comply with state environmental regulations that require municipalities to take steps to reduce stormwater runoff, which is a major source of pollution in the region's waterways.

Residents can send an email, along with photos, of the trees they have planted to: ms4@townofmccandless.org.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or tlarussa@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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