Volunteers needed to plant trees in Catonsville

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October 31, 2011

Friends of Patapsco Valley & Heritage Greenway need 100 volunteers to plant 70 new trees and 10 bushes along Thistle Run in Catonsville.

Friends of Patapsco Valley & Heritage Greenway need 100 volunteers to plant 70 new native trees and 10 bushes Saturday.

The Nov. 5 effort from 9 a.m. to noon will provide a buffer along a section of Thistle Run, a small stream in Catonsville off Route 144 (Frederick Road), west of the intersection with North Rolling Road.

Pre-register at http://www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org/eventcal.html to help determine amount of supplies needed.

A registration table will be in the gravel parking lot of Patapsco Horse Farm, 2501 Frederick Rd. Look for posted signs. Pre-registration begins 8:45 a.m.

Volunteers will plant black gum, pin oak, sycamore and willow oak trees that are approximately 5-6 feet tall as well as red osier dogwood bushes.

Wear waterproof shoes or boots and clothes that can get dirty or wet.

Long pants and long-sleeved shirts are recommended to protect against insects and prickly underbrush.

Planting on both sides of a section of Thistle Run, up to a forested area, will involve digging holes, placing the trees and wooden stakes and fencing around them, adding root enhancer and mulch to help the trees survive.

Volunteers are asked to bring 1-2 gallons of tap water in plastic milk jugs or soda bottles to water the new trees, buckets, shovels, sledge hammers for driving in wooden stakes and wheel barrows to transport mulch.

Work gloves, water to drink, sunscreen and insect repellent are also recommended.

If you are allergic to insect bites or stings, please bring any needed medications and notify the tree captain of your allergy.

The annual event is held in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources. Patapsco Valley State Park and Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection & Sustainability.

For information, email patapscofriend@gmail.com.

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