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Thousands of chestnut trees planted in Pike County

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - More than 50 volunteers from throughout the region, most of them college students, came together near the Pike County Airport on Saturday to plant trees.

It is part of a 30 acre project that will become a forest of more than 20,000 American Chestnut Trees.

The project is taking place on an old strip mine, which organizers say makes a great environment for the tree.

Nathan Hall, with Green Forests Work says, "There are a lot of opportunities in Appalachia to bring new innovative projects to hopefully start putting people back to work. For example, this site...a man who used to be a surface miner did a lot of the prep work because we have to break up the land from the previous reclaiming where it was really compacted."

3,400 trees were planted at the site on Saturday.

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