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Eagle Scout plants trees at Weston

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POSTED August 15, 2013 1:46 a.m.

Improvements at Weston Elementary School are more than just the voter-approved Measure G reconstruction plans.

Brandon Williamson, who is a Boys Scout and student at the school, has taken it upon himself to plant trees on the Ripon Unified campus. “I had to move some of the trees due to the reconstruction plans,” he told the school board last Monday.

This was his board-approved Eagle Scout project. With help from 100 volunteers and support of local businesses, Williamson strategically planted mistletoe-resistant trees such as oak, maple, arbutus and bay while installing about 660 feet of irrigation line.

Williamson also made sure the roots were properly lopped off in order to provide a downward growth as well as help out on the deep irrigation.

“I’ve helped my dad with a lot of irrigation work around our house and my grandparents’ property,” he said at an earlier school board meeting.

Most of the trees were planted along the Jack Tone Road side of Weston School.

Williamson also relied on the expertise of the Tree Partners Foundation when it came to the actual planting over the summer. Trees were donated by Calaveras Nursery.

He said the need for trees around the school will help prevent water pollution along with soil erosion. Williamson added that trees will provide a canopy not to mention a habitat for wildlife on campus.

Trustees were appreciative of his efforts.

“Thank you, Brandon,” said board President Donna Parks. “This (Eagle Scout Project) is a wonderful gift.”

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