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Volunteers spruce up Sagamore Hill in honor of Arbor Day

Fifteen employees at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Fifteen employees at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site dug out porcelain berry and other invasive plants from the meadow of the historic cow pasture. (Dec. 3, 2011) Credit: Carl Corry

Volunteer arborists removed 20 trees and grinded 25 stumps at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site on Arbor Day.

The Long Island Arboricultural Association on March 23 brought about 100 volunteers who worked for eight hours, donating an estimated $50,000 worth of labor.

Besides removing dead trees and stumps, the group pruned the historic white oak tree by the gardener’s shed along with the ornamentals in the main parking lot and fruit trees in Edith Roosevelt’s former cutting garden.

A donated disease-resistant elm tree donated by Bisset Nursery of Holbrook was planted along the site’s historic carriage trail not far from the Roosevelt mansion. This tree replaces an elm lost to disease previously.

The Friends of Sagamore Hill provided food and Eastern National, the park’s bookstore operator, paid for T-shirts for the volunteers.

The group has volunteered at a Long Island park every Arbor Day since 1990. They had previously volunteered at Sagamore Hill in 1991.

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