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Despite Severe Weather, Local Arbor Day Effort To Replant Trees Remains Success

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Volunteers planting trees at Lafayette Park on Saturday.

Despite this weekend’s severe weather, more than 130 newly planted trees stayed safe at Lafayette Park.

The new trees at Lafayette Park were put in place to make up for those damaged during Hurricane Hermine. And, some worried the severe weather could have impacted the new trees—planted to resist future storms. But, Kenny Welsh—Tallahassee’s Supervisor of Park Operations—says everything’s fine.

“The trees were kind of smaller. So, in that regard—during an event like this, yes, there are high winds and stuff like that,” he said. “But, in Lafayette Park, there’ a lot of tall and mature trees and in many aspects, those taller canopies will protect a lot of that understory stuff and especially the new growth.”

In fact, he says the rainy weather did the new plantings some good.

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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.