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Volunteers planting 600 trees for Arbor Day

Chuck Ascraft, Mark Coartney and Roger Townsend gave away trees to students at Madison Elementary School last week to celebrate Earth Day. Today, Monpower partnered with Community Bank and Wood County 4-H camp to plant over 600 trees in celebration of Arbor Day. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Over 600 trees will be planted today in the community in celebration of Arbor Day.

Monpower, a local FirstEnergy company, collaborated with Community Bank of Parkersburg and Wood County 4-H Camp to bring about 10 volunteers to Butcher Bend Road in Mineral Wells this morning to plant.

Over the past week, thousands of trees have been planted in the FirstEnergy territory throughout five states.

“The initiative is an important part of the company’s efforts to reduce FirstEnergy’s carbon footprint, promote responsible use of natural resources and further the advancement of sustainable practices,” a press release from FirstEnergy said.

The goal is to plant 10,000 trees in 2021 and Carol Trembly, senior scientist for Monpower, believes the goal could be met by the end of the week.

“Since many Earth Day tree planting events were canceled last year due to the pandemic, we’re excited to come back strong in 2021,” said George Farah, Vice President, Utility Services and executive sponsor of FirstEnergy’s tree planting program.

Trembly said this project helps with the company’s mission to promote sustainability.

“It qualifies as paid volunteer time for our employees. It’s a nice way to give back and to give our employees the opportunity to have this volunteer work and we’re very committed to sustainability,” Trembly said.

To celebrate Earth Day, last week Monpower employees did a tree giveaway at Madison Elementary School as part of the company’s green initiative.

Mary Ann Laughery, Community Bank’s vice president and director of retail banking and marketing, said she is excited to work with Monpower for the first time.

“This will be a first experience for us working with FirstEnergy. (It’s) just a unique way to be able to give back to the community. This is something that’s helping the environment by planting trees for Arbor Day,” Laughery said.

Today’s event will be the first in-person volunteer project since the beginning of the pandemic and Laughery said all CDC recommended protocols will be followed by the bank’s four volunteers.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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