Vermonters celebrate Earth Day by getting their hands dirty

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From planting trees to pulling invasive plants, Vermonters celebrated Earth Day on Monday.

At Health Hero Farm in South Hero, AmeriCorps volunteers cleared an area for cows to graze.

“What we are doing is, we are clearing prickly ash, clearing buckthorn, and honeysuckle,” said Hannah Yates, a team leader.

She and her team are committed to clear as much of the invasive plants as they can. Then the cows can take over the rest. “The cows will come in and graze and basically take care of those invasives for us.”

Vermont’s AmeriCorps hosted events across the state. 

One AmeriCorps team planted fruit tress along the North Branch of the Winooski River in Montpelier. The roots will help to reduce erosion, said Jac Huettenmoser, a watershed steward.

“Planting trees along rivers are extremely important to preserve and improve water quality,” he said. “”We are trying to increase the amount of vegetation along the river corridor.”

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.

Over the first twenty years, Earth Day was celebrated only in the United States, becoming an international holiday in 1990. As of today, Earth Day events are held in 193 countries.

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