Volunteers beautify Youngstown vacant lots with planted trees

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A group of volunteers spent their Saturday helping to beautify a Youngstown neighorhood with trees.

Green Youngstown received a grant from UPS to help fund the project.

The group worked on four vacant lots on East Avondale, which is on the city’s south side. They planted 20 trees that are native to the area.

Green Youngstown picked lots where houses had recently been torn down. Organizers say the trees can help stop polluters.

“In this area, they have a problem with illegal dumping. Vacant lots, people pull back in and dump tires, matresses. By planting trees in those lots, they’re much less likely to illegally dump on them,” said Green Youngstown Coordinator Jennifer Jones.

Jones said tree planting also helps cut down on the vacant lots that need mowed in the summer. They also help absorb water and prevent some storm flooding issues in neighborhoods.

She said this is the first year that they have held the event and plan to continue it next year. 

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