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New forest takes root

Published October 16. 2012 05:01PM

On the paint mill site next to the Route 873 bridge over the Lehigh River a new forest is taking shape. The project is in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Bureau of Forestry tree-vitalize program, WDYI and the LehighCounty Parks Department with some funding from Air Products and PPL. The old paint mill site was chosen as the planting site to help speed nature's reclaiming of the brown field site by introduction of desired native species of trees. Parks personnel worked for several days prepping the site by mowing and, auguring the holes. Five- hundred seedling trees were planted on Oct. 6 by about 40 to 50 volunteers from D&L Trail Tenders, Cub Scouts from Palmerton, WDYI personnel and the general public along with some staff from DCNR and Lehigh County Parks. DCNR and the Parks Department will monitor the growth over the next few years and will be removing the tree tubes as necessary.

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