For the second year in a row, LRNow is planting hundreds of trees in low-lying Ocean Lakes in Virginia Beach to help combat flooding and other effects of climate change.
On November 12 and 13, staff and volunteers with the non-profit environmental group will plant 200 native trees in parks and green spaces, adding to the 400 they planted in Ocean Lakes last year. Working with the homeowners association, staff and volunteers will spend two days digging and flagging holes, putting trees in the ground, mulching, staking, and watering.
“Planting trees is about the most important thing you can do to fight climate change, sea level rise and flooding,” said Karen Forget, director of LRNow.
The trees will have a positive impact on the Ocean Lakes environment by soaking up excess water, purifying the air, reducing air temperature and providing habitat for wildlife. Residents will benefit from extra shade and beautiful landscaping.
Funding to purchase trees and supplies came from the Virginia Department of Forestry, Kenneth Greif Tree Fund, and the Malbon Family Fund.
Volunteers are needed to help with planting and other duties.
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