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For Arbor Day, Local Officials Invite Public To Help Plant Trees In Hermine-Damaged Area

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Leon County

Florida’s Arbor Day may be Friday, but Tallahassee and Leon County officials are inviting the public to take part in the area’s own tree planting event Saturday.

The goal is to rebuild a portion of the urban forest at Lafayette Park. During Hurricane Hermine, that area experienced a lot of tree loss.

So, officials intend to select trees for replanting that have medium to high wind resistance. That includes native species like the red buckeye, black gum, and magnolia. There will also be persimmon, white tupelo, hickory, overcup oak, American beech, and redbud.

Participants are asked to bring shovels, rakes, work gloves as well as drinking water. The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Sue Herndon McCollum Community Center at 501 Ingleside Avenue.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.