- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) - Officials at Aberdeen Proving Ground are celebrating Arbor Day by planting trees on land the Army helped preserve as a buffer near the installation’s Edgewood Area.

The event Friday recognizes the Army’s partnership with the Harford Land Trust, a local group that works to protect environmentally sensitive areas and the rural character of Harford County.

The Army has a program to buy lands to create buffer zones between Army installations and residential areas.

Harford Land Trust Executive Director Peg Niland says the buffer program has contributed more than $1.3 million to help the trust buy five properties in the unincorporated community of Edgewood. She says those purchases have brought to about 130 acres the amount of land the trust has purchased in the area with the Army’s help since 2013.

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This story has been corrected to show the holiday being celebrated is Arbor Day, not Labor Day.

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