- Associated Press - Monday, May 20, 2019

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Volunteers in Burlington are hoping to plant 1,500 trees this season throughout Vermont’s largest city as a way to restore natural areas and help protect water quality in Lake Champlain.

The city will be working with Audubon Vermont, the University of Vermont, and hundreds of community members to plant the trees.

This is the program’s fourth year. By the end of the planting season more than 4,600 trees and shrubs will be have been planted.

Mayor Miro Weinberger said 49 percent of the city is open space and half of that are natural areas like wetlands and forests.

As a result of these restoration plantings, a number of once-vulnerable areas have been stabilized and wetlands are being restored.

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