Dominion Plants Trees

Dominion Plants Trees

<bt>About 50 employees of Dominion Virginia Power planted 100 dogwood and serviceberry trees and built three information kiosks along the W&OD Trail near Clarks Crossing just outside Vienna Tuesday morning.

Last year, Dominion upset many local residents by cutting down hundreds of trees that were determined to be possible future threats to the power lines along the trail, according to Chris Pauly, who manages the W&OD Trail for Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. The company has an easement on the trail allowing it leeway to maintain the lines.

Dominion agreed to replace all trees they cut down that had a four-inch "breast height," meaning their trunks were at least four inches in diameter at breast height. Accordingly, the company is replacing 600 trees with smaller trees not expected to reach the height of the power lines. In addition, they donated an extra 1,000 trees, said Pauley. Dominion plans to have all of the trees planted before winter.

— Mike DiCicco