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Right Plant, Right Place
Right Plant, Right Place

Lion Tree Planting Project Scheduled for Saturday, October 15 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

What if there were species of trees that could grow near power lines but never get tall enough to interfere or need to be cut back?  The answer is that there are native Virginia trees that will do just that.  On Saturday, October 15, volunteers will work with Reston Association environmental staff to install the trees under the powerlines along a stretch of Lawyers Road in Reston.  

The project is an example of Right Plant, Right Place.  It is sponsored by the Reston Lions Club.

According to Reston Association environmental staff, choosing an appropriate planting based on space and use is a big factor in the overall health and environmental well-being of the plant. 

The new plants are approved by Dominion Virginia Power, which RA environmental staff say is very supportive of this demonstration project.  Earlier ,  Dominion crews removed a large stand of bamboo that was growing on the site.  This is an agressive plant on the list of Reston's banned plants because they destroy native plants and habitats.

Each time Dominion Virginia Power performs required tree pruning for routine maintenance, Reston Association staff receives phone calls from the folks who either live or drive along Lawyers Road.  While Dominion Power says the trees must be reduced in size for safety reasons, residents say the topping is "pretty dramatic," 

Dominion Virginia power crews have been working this week to remove the large stand of Bamboo that was growing on this site. Bamboo is an aggressive plant that is on the list of Reston’s eight banned plants.


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