Project puts park-and-ride lot in shade

SHA aids Scouts' planting of 100 trees at Fallston site

May 23, 2004|By Patrick Tyler | Patrick Tyler,SUN STAFF

More than 100 trees were planted at the Fallston park-and-ride lot on Route 152 yesterday as part of a Boy Scout service project co-sponsored by the State Highway Administration.

The project was implemented with the aid of the SHA's Partnership Planting Program, which helps community members beautify land near highways.

Ranjit Korah, a 16-year-old member of Boy Scout Troop 313, organized the service project as part of his work toward achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Korah said the troop planted dogwoods, swamp white oaks, red maples and serviceberries, which will line the perimeter of the lot.

Such projects are the aim of the Partnership Planting Program, according to SHA landscape operations division representative Leroy Jonas.

"We work with groups all over the state and help them design and implement projects that will beautify and create more environmentally sound areas around our highways," Jonas said.

Through the program, groups and residents can provide either money or labor for service projects that they plan jointly with members of the State Highway Administration.

Yesterday, the SHA provided the Scouts with all of the trees, more than 50 bags of mulch, two trucks carrying water and about 10 state workers to clear ground for the trees.

This is not the first time that Troop 313 has worked on the Fallston site, according to Scoutmaster Charles Kinsler. A previous Eagle Scout service project included landscaping the parking lot's concrete islands.

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