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PHOTOS: Park students help plant trees in City Park

Park Elementary School fifth-grader Harley Young, left, shows Emmalyne Sveda a worm she found while helping plant trees at City Park on Tuesday afternoon. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – Members of Park Elementary School’s fifth-grade student leadership team joined City of Casper Parks crews to plant three new trees in City Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Members of Park Elementary School’s fifth-grade student leadership team line up for instructions before helping plant three trees in City Park on Tuesday. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The young trees will eventually grow to replace four cottonwood trees that were removed by the city in March. The cottonwoods were over a century old and had aged out, said Keep Casper Beautiful coordinator Beth Andress. One ash and two varieties of buckeye trees were planted.

Compostable papers printed with names and messages of passed loved ones submitted by the public were planted along with the trees.

Names and messages that were submitted earlier this year were printed on compostable paper and planted with the trees on Tuesday. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Park students learned about the trees and how they survive and are cared for, and helped to dig back in the dirt after the trees were set.

“It is always wonderful to plant trees with the kids,” said Andress. “You get to talk about trees, they ask nice interesting questions, and they get to come back here as adults and say, ‘I planted that tree.'”

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