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The community plants 4,000 trees to create a microforest for the environment

ELLENTON, Fla. – Karen Chenoweth of Ellenton helps plant trees in her community of Colony Cove.

“It’s great to be outside with green things putting oxygen back in the air,” Chenoweth said.

Residents and volunteers plant 4,000 trees on a strip of land beside the Manatee River. Organizers said the aim is to create a micro-forest that will recycle carbon emissions and protect against red tide by absorbing harmful runoff.

“That forest is going to be great for the climate, but it’s also going to divert a lot of water that would otherwise carry nutrients to the river and then the bay, and it’s those nutrients that cause the red tide,” said Charles Reith of Suncoast. Urban re-foresters.


Reith said the idea is to create dense forest in a small area like this 1.5-acre peninsula. He said planting the trees close together made them grow 10 times faster than normal.

“That will be used to grow a century-old forest in 10 years,” Reith said.

And volunteers like Ky Miller said they’re just happy to help protect the environment in any way they can.

“The environment is our future and if we don’t take care of it, we have no future,” Miller said.


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