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Young elms planted by Duniway students

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Duniway students take turns preparing the root ball of this Accolade elm tree before planting.After three street trees on S.E. Rex Street near Reed College Place in Eastmoreland died of Dutch elm disease last year, that corner near Duniway Elementary School looked sadly bare.

But, that changed on the morning of April 15.

“With help of students from three classes at Duniway, we’re planting three trees today,” exclaimed Portland Parks & Recreation City Nature Forestry’s Karl Dawson, who also did some in-classroom teaching about the project while he was there.

The students didn’t dig the holes. But, they did help prepare the root bundles of the “Ulmus x ‘Accolade’” – better known as Accolade elms.

“The Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association and the Eastmoreland Tree Team will be helping to establish them,” Dawson said. “That’s important during the hot summer months, when school is not in session.”