- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A company seeking to combat blight in Detroit is hosting its second annual volunteer planting day next month to beautify land on the city’s lower east side.

Hantz Woodlands purchased nearly 180 acres for just over $500,000 in 2013. The company, an outgrowth of Hantz Farms, has been working to plant trees after clearing the collection of abandoned lots and removing debris, overgrowth, trash and vacant homes.

More than 1,400 people volunteered to plant 15,000 saplings last May. The company has scheduled another event May 9 to plant 5,000 more trees.

Hantz Farm President Mike Score tells MLive.com (https://bit.ly/1Q96tCQ ) that volunteers planted about 20 acres last year and will plant another five acres this year.

Score says the company has about 80 acres left to clear in preparation for additional planting.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, https://www.mlive.com

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