Summer tree duty

Jim Lee trims weeds around trees at Marks Slough Trail

BLT volunteers have been watering trees weekly at various Lebanon trails. Perhaps you’ve seen our water trailer if you’ve been out walking on a Thursday morning.

This weekend, Jim McKinnon and Jim Lee went to work trimming around some of the trees at Marks Slough. No, that machine in the top photo is not a mower. It’s a string trimmer on steroids, strong enough to combat blackberry vines and other brush.

You can see how different the view looks from the time earlier this year when we planted trees along the Marks Slough trail. We watch over our new trees for their first few years to make sure they have a fighting chance.