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Nature preserve group seeks planting volunteers

Volunteers from the Edgewood Oak Brush Plain Preserve are asking for help with planting this weekend.

The Friends of the Edgewood Preserve is looking for volunteers on Sunday, June 5, to help plant in the fenced-in areas of the parking lot at the preserve, an 850-acre, state-owned nature site that spans the towns of Babylon, Huntington and Islip. The preserve includes pine barrens vegetation, pitch pine and scrub oak, as well as many species of wildlife.

The group is planting in honor of World Environment Day, and plans to turn over dirt that was put down on Earth Day to plant native grasses and flowers purchased from the Long Island Native Plant Initiative based in Riverhead. The planting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is expected to last until 12:30 p.m.

The group aims to plant about 30 seedlings in each area. It is also seeking weekly volunteers to weed the areas.

For more information, call 631-242-7402.

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