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Community comes together to plant trees as a way to address traffic and pollution

Community plants 75 trees in Bath
Posted at 6:28 PM, Apr 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-25 09:21:42-04


A team of community members in Bath Township came together on Saturday to do something tree-mendous for the community.

Community members plant 75 trees in Bath
The volunteers planted White Spruce trees that currently sit between three and five feet tall.

Residents living on Park Lake Road weren't happy hearing all the traffic on I-69.

“I-69 carries 420,000 vehicles a month down this stretch of the road,” said President of Friends of Park Lake Judy Gardi.

Gardi said the highway creates a lot of noise and pollution in the area.

Why planting these trees is important

“That creates noise pollution and environmental pollution, air pollution," Gardi said. "There’s also water runoff from the highway as well that has chemicals in it from the gas and the oil and the rubber.”

Community members plant 75 trees in Bath
Kids, parents and even dogs came out to help.

Kids, parents, and even dogs came together to do something about it.

“We’re trying to create a barrier between the highway, the neighborhood, and the lake,” said Gardi.

By planting not one, not 10, but 75 trees.

“We use white spruce because they’re more water tolerant than any other kind of pine tree we can put out there,” Gardi said.

Community members plant 75 trees in Bath
Volunteers dug holes and planted the trees.

Ethan Burg said he's never planted a tree before.

“Actually this is my first time," Burg said. “I planted four… no five.”

And he enjoyed it.

I like everything about the experience

“I like everything," Burg said. "Just planting the trees and getting to see all of them.”

He believes these trees will be helpful for the community.

“They help the environment and they help noise reduction and they give us oxygen,” said Burg. “Trees are very important.”

Community members plant 75 trees in Bath
Volunteers included neighbors, Boy Scouts and students in the National Honor Society.

Gardi said not only was this a good thing for the environment, but she was also happy to see the community come together.

“Bringing the community together to do positive work for the neighborhood and the community and to see that together we can make a difference,” said Gardi.

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