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This past weekend a great conservation project got off the ground through an award of a grant to the city by the nonprofit nature conservation group Openlands. Michael Dugan, Director of Forestry, and his team from Openlands provided fifteen trees for planting in the parkways near Lincoln Gavin School. Michael started the volunteers off by sharing his expertise on the tree species and gave a great overview on the long-term benefits achieved by planting. The Openlands team provided the materials and equipment to dig and wielded shovels along with an enthusiastic group of volunteers that included city staff, Lincoln Gavin Principal Cara Pastere, representatives from HACC and Payne Chapel AME Church, and the Resident Ambassador groups representing the Choice Neighborhoods East Side/Downtown neighborhoods. The Mayor’s Office of Special Events joined in to make sure refreshments were on hand to energize the planting crews as the holes were dug and the fifteen trees were planted!