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Helena students celebrate Earth Day by planting trees at VA Cemetery

Posted at 2:26 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 14:18:40-04

HELENA – Students from Cottonwood Learning Center celebrated Earth Day by planting trees at the VA Cemetery Monday morning.

NorthWestern Energy donated $2,000 for 20 trees to be planted around the cemetery at Fort Harrison.

Students and volunteers planted trees like sugar maples and elder wood while also learning about the importance of planting trees and participating in a workshop.

“And so by planting here on Earth Day, today, we can plant 20 trees at the same time it would take to plant four of those big trees and get much better results to increase the diversity of this urban forest, here, at the VA,” said Montana state director for the International Society of Arboriculture Patrick Plantenberg

For more information on how to get involved and plant trees in the Helena community, email

-Christine Sullivan reporting for MTN News