Pender Co. gives away tree seedlings to help rebuild vegetation after Florence

Pender Co. gives away tree seedlings to help rebuild vegetation after Florence

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WECT) - Hurricane Florence took out a lot of trees in southeastern North Carolina, and Pender County offered residents a chance to restore them.

On Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Pender County Parks and Recreation Department hosted a tree seedling giveaway at the government annex building at 15060 US Hwy. 17.

“This is the perfect opportunity to replace trees that may have been lost during Hurricane Florence,” Zach White, Pender County Parks and Recreation supervisor, said in a news release. “In one parking lot, we lost over 300 trees. That kind of puts it into perspective for people how the winds and the rain, because the ground was so saturated, how it (the hurricane) did damage to a lot of the trees in Pender County.”

After the hurricane, the county picked up over 640,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris.

Tree selections include river birch, pignut hickory, chestnut oak, and white dogwood.

A River Burch tree seedling. (source: WECT)
A River Burch tree seedling. (source: WECT)

“This is really nice being able to do this because it’s expensive getting trees and trying to rebuild the front yard so this will be really nice for them,” said Lyn Check.

There was a limit of two seedlings per household and all selections were given out on a first come, first served basis.

Master gardeners were on site to answer questions and demonstrate how to plant the seedlings.

This was the first seedling giveaway for the county but hopes to have more.

For more information, call 910-663-3771.

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