Trees planted at Harrisonburg school to increase biodiversity

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Nearly two dozen trees were planted in front of Thomas Harrison Middle School on Wednesday evening as part of an effort to increase biodiversity in the city.

In the past, the emerald ash borer killed several trees in Harrisonburg.

"When we take them down it is important that we replace them with other trees [both] native and a very diverse amount of trees so that we don't run into these problems in the future," said Brittany Clem, the Special Projects Coordinator for the city's parks and recreation department.

Trees have also been planted along South High and South Mason streets.

An additional 32 will be planted at Heritage Forest and Gardens from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Volunteers are welcome to assist in the planting.