TREE PLANTING: Students Help Restore Park

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About 100 students from Eldora learned a value lesson outside of the classroom Wednesday.

The student volunteers helped plant trees that will restore Pine Lake State Park. It was heavily damaged back in August of 2009.

That’s when Eldora was hit by a strong storm that dropped softball size hail and had winds of up to 100-miles per hour. Damage to the trees and building of the parks was estimated at $300,000.

Wednesday’s event was attended by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. They even helped out with the tree planting.

The group planted about 50 six-to-eight foot trees Wednesday. Planting of around 7,000 seedlings still has to be done. The seedlings were paid for by a grant from the Arbor Day Foundation.