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Non-profit Group Sets Out To Save D.C.'s Trees

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Restore Mass Ave has tended to hundreds of trees in D.C.
Armando Trull
Restore Mass Ave has tended to hundreds of trees in D.C.

Public trees in urban settings can be under a lot of stress from lack of water, damage by cars and pedestrians, and even neglect once they are planted. So a group of volunteers are using their time to care for public trees on a historic street in the District.

About a dozen volunteers wearing bright green reflective vests are tending to a stand of trees near the intersection of Massachusetts and Florida Avenues.

"Clearing out some of the weeds that have grown in the box around this tree so the roots can get water," says Brian Harp, who belongs to the non-profit group, Restore Mass Ave, which has planted nearly a hundred trees and cared for hundreds more in an effort to preserve the green canopy of Washington's historic Embassy Row.

Deborah Shapley, founder of Restore Mass Ave has tips for anyone wanting to preserve trees in their community.

"Get 25 gallons of water on them and try to keep the weeds and trash off of them," she says.

Shapley says this bit of tender, love and care could make the streets a lot greener.

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