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Last updated 1:17PM ET
July 17, 2018
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
Wayne National Forest works with other groups on spring cleaning
(WOUB) - The Wayne National Forest Ironton Ranger District and the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station in Delaware, Ohio, have recently completed the planting of 376 American chestnut tree seedlings.

American chestnut trees were common in eastern hardwood forests prior to the onset of the chestnut blight.

The new, disease resistant trees were planted on one acre of reclaimed strip mine in Lawrence County.

Boy Scout Troop #38 from Proctorville helped plant the trees.

Several inmates from the Federal Corrections Institute in Ashland, Ky.
also helped.

Waynes officials say the inmates also had their hands in another forest project -- the annual spring cleanup.

Forest service employees and the inmates cleaned up over 28 illegal trash dumping sites as well as 10 miles of roadsides in Lawrence and Scioto Counties in the Poplar Flats and Pine Creek areas.

County officials are stepping up efforts to address the large amount of trash dumped in the area, including raising fines and a no-tolerance policy on issuing fines.
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