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October 19, 2012

Borough grant replaces Ewing Park trees

NEW CASTLE — A fall planting will restore 22 trees to Ellwood City’s Ewing Park.

Borough officials and workers and employees of Marshall’s Tree Experts participated in the planting of the trees Wednesday and yesterday.

Borough manager Dom Viccari said the planting was done with a $10,000 joint grant secured from two statedepartments: Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources.

Benefactors also contributed $10,000 toward the effort, he said.

“We cut down some old, dead trees and ones with disease that would not survive and were not worth saving,” Viccari said, noting they were big trees that ranged from 70 to 100 years old.

The replacement trees measure 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter and about 15 to 20 feet tall, he estimated. They include sycamore maples, serviceberry, redbud, fringe tree, red maple, American Hawthorne and mountain ash.

Scott A. Sjolander, an urban forester with Penn State Extension in Crawford County, gave the borough advice on the types of trees to plant by checking the soil to determine what species would grow the best in shady, compacted, wet or dry areas of the park.

“We tried to pick ones adaptable to the other trees in the park, at his expert advice,” Viccari said.

The Lawrence County Conservation District also assisted with the project, he said.

JoAnn McCready, conservation district director, said her office put Viccari in touch with Sojlander as a tree expert. The conservation district is assisting the borough with a separate Connoquenessing stormwater grant. Ewing Park is in Connoquenessing watershed, she said.



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