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AmeriCorps members plant daffodils

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Members of the Slippery Rock University AmeriCorps program will join with Lawrence County Master Gardeners along the New Castle leg of the Stavich Bike Trail Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-10 to plant more than 5,000 daffodil bulbs.

One of the lesser-known trails in the region, the Stavich Bike Trail crosses the state borders of Ohio and Pennsylvania. The 10-mile, paved trail parallels an active railroad line. Built on an old trolley track, the trail offers an abundance of wildflowers, along its level to gentle grade run. The trail will be the prime location for the fall daffodil planting.

The Lawrence County Master Gardeners initiative, part of the Penn State Cooperative Extension Program, was established to assist extensions in reaching the consumer horticulture audience.

The program provides interested individuals with extensive training in many phases of gardening. In return, participants dedicate volunteer time to teaching horticultural information to area citizens.

The master gardeners chose Stavich as this year's fall project and will be on hand to instruct in proper bulb planting methods both weekends.

The SRU AmeriCorps program is part of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. The organization's environmental team will lead the planning project.

For additional information, contact Laurel Dagnon, program director, at 724.738.2030.