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Galena needs volunteers to help plant trees on Route 66

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A few weeks ago, we told you about a Dutch arborist who was helping the Route 66 town of Galena, Kansas, plant trees, using the Groasis Waterbox method, in the city’s rugged soils degraded by decades of lead mining.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, the Kansas Historic Route 66 Association is asking for volunteers to help plant 99 trees along Route 66 using the Waterboxes.

According to a news release from the association:

The first two trees planted in the United States, a Red Bud and a Maple, were planted earlier this month in Galena along the old route during a ceremony announcing the project. This Saturday, association members will continue the efforts by teaching volunteers how to plant trees utilizing the technology as they plant another 99 new trees along the Route.

The Galena City Council purchased 100 of the Groasis Waterboxxes.

If you’d like to help, call Renee Charles at (620) 202-1615 or go to kshistoricroute66.com. The planting will begin from the Galena viaduct on Saturday.

UPDATE 8/30/2015: Here is a follow-up report about Saturday’s tree-planting by KOAM-TV:

KOAM TV 7

(Image of a Groasis Waterbox by Pieter Hoff via Wikipedia)

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