More trees take root downtown

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Esther Short — Five troublesome trees were uprooted and 43 new ones planted in downtown Vancouver on March 24-25. Vancouver’s Downtown Association and the city’s Urban Forestry department worked together to prepare for removing trees that had overgrown their sites. A force of 50 volunteers — adults and children — made quick work of the planting the new trees. About 140 new trees have been planted during a three-year period.

“It is just wonderful to see the community come together to add this fabulous feature to our downtown,” said Lee Coulthard, chairman of the downtown association’s Design Committee. “The children that helped … will grow up knowing that a little tree in downtown is there because of their efforts.”

Learn more about the downtown association at http://vdausa.org.