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Springfield Boy Scouts Plant Trees at Burke Lake Park

Virginia Delegate Dave Albo, Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity and a representative from the Fairfax County Parks Authority help a young volunteer.

On Saturday, June 15, 2013, local Boy Scouts from Troop 1140 (Springfield) participated in a community volunteer event to landscape an area at Burke Lake Park. The scouts were joined by Virginia Delegate Dave Albo, Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity, officials from the Fairfax County Park Authority, residents from the nearby South Run Regency community and representatives from the 95 Express Lanes project.

The officials and volunteers in attendance planted 10 trees, provided under the 95 Express Lanes 1,000 Trees in 1,000 Days program. Through the 1,000 Trees program, Transurban-Fluor is partnering with communities located near the 95 Express Lanes construction corridor and pledging to plant 1,000 trees in 1,000 days.

"South Run is largely a community of heavily-treed lots and common spaces that abuts Burke Lake Park where the dam renovation took place," said Chuck Caposell, Trustee, South Run Regency. "We are grateful for the efforts of Supervisor Herrity who, along with the generosity of Transurban-Fluor, has secured 75 trees for the park including ten located near our community."

Supervisor Herrity identified the Burke Lake Park project site and submitted an application to the 1,000 Trees program.

"This is a win win – the community need perfectly fit the community outreach efforts of Transurban-Fluor. When the Burke Lake dam underwent repairs recently, many trees had to be removed to allow equipment to enter the park," Herrity said. "The trees Transurban-Fluor, the community, and the boy scouts planted will go a long way in keeping Burke Lake Park as one of Fairfax County's most beautiful and prized assets. I want to thank the partners on the 95 Express Lanes project for their commitment to the environment and our community."