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VINTON, Iowa - A handful of Boy Scouts planted hundreds of trees in a wind-battered acreage Saturday morning.
Around 20 scouts from Vinton's Troop 47 turned out and planted red oak and black walnut trees at Russ Glime's property on 31st Avenue.
The boys put about 500 saplings in the ground.
Jay Lash, the committee chair for Boy Scouts of America Troop 47, said the effort not only benefited the environment, but also scouts.
"They get to see how other people are doing conservation minded things. They get the satisfaction of helping replant this grove of trees, and of helping someone else," said Lash.
Glime provided the trees after losing many during a storm in 2011. He said straight-line winds blasted at 130 mph, leveling foliage.
"I'm used to seeing the trees grow here and everything like that. To see them lying flat on the ground was almost hard to take," said Glime.
Glime said the new trees will help fill gaps on his acreage, in time.
"It's going to take 30 to 40 years to get it back, visibly. Oak trees usually grow to maturity in between 60 and 65 years. Once it gets growing it'll help," said Glime.
Glime salvaged wood from the trees he lost in the storm. He estimated it totaled about ten semi loads.