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Va. Grants $300,000 For Civil War Tree-Planting Project

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Virginia's secretary of Transportation, Sean Connaughton, and Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board have designated $300,000 in grant money for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership to design a Living Legacy Tree Planting program.

The ultimate aim is to plant 620,000 trees along the stretch of land between Monticello, Va., and Gettysburg, Penn. The land is now a National Heritage Area and home to the largest collection of Civil War sites in the country.

Cate Magennis Wyatt, president of the partnership, says 620,000 Americans were killed in the Civil War.

"So the notion of planting one tree for each, as a living memorial, seemed both eloquent, as well as appropriate," she says.

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and tree planting is expected to take place in the next four years.

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