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The broad spread of a White Oak
Trees benefit our environment in many ways, and they are especially important in maintaining water quality in that they both reduce and cleanse storm-water runoff, and prevent erosion.

In celebration of the LWA Centennial, our goal is to have 100 trees planted around the lake. Here are three great websites, with a summary of their primary features, to give you some guidelines on selecting, planting, and caring for trees. They will all ask for your USDA Hardiness Zone, which you can search by zip code on all the sites as well as at www.plantmaps.com. The Lake area straddles zones 5 and 6.

Arbor Day Foundation is a conservation and education organization: "We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees." This website includes:

Red Maple, CT's most common native tree
UCONN College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources

A plant database that allows you to search for trees either by name, which leads you to an information page, or by a variety of basic traits, including native/non-native, size, foliage character, and site characteristics.

Connecticut Tree Protective Association is an educational association: "CTPA is dedicated to advancing the care of Connecticut's trees."

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