- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Nearly 40 trees have been planted along a road to serve as an entrance gateway for Chesapeake.

The trees include the city’s official tree, bald cypress, along with holly, goldenrain and plum trees.

An environmental coordinator with the city, Roxanne Stonecypher, tells The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/1eR6Gef ) that the project cost about $30,000. The Virginia Department of Forestry provided a $10,000 grant that was matched by the city.

Volunteers with the Friends of Indian River, city staff and a Sheriff’s Department work crew planted the trees recently along Indian River Road where it crosses the Elizabeth River.

Friends of Indian River President Rogard Ross says his group will maintain the trees.

Ross says the trees will attract birds and help prevent runoff into the Chesapeake Bay.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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