Group planting trees today along SR 3

Usually, when people are seen walking along SR 3, they are helping pick up litter or assisting with a broken down car.

However, the folks that plan to be on the highway this weekend will be part of a beautification project that doesnÂ’t require garbage bags or a wrench, but rather a shovel and a green thumb.

This morning organizers and volunteers of the Kitsap Treeways Project are completing the second phase of the effort to plant native trees between Bremerton and the Hood Canal Bridge along SR 3.

Project coordinator Jim Trainer will lead a group of arbor-minded folks in the planting of 200 to 300 Western Hemlocks along a 4-mile stretch of highway between Clear Creek Road and Sherman Hill Road.

Interested planters will meet at 9 a.m. at the west end of the Target parking lot in Silverdale. From there, they will car pool to the starting point at Luoto Road near Subase Bangor and will plant trees up to Sherman Hill Road.

Last January, Trainer and volunteers completed the first phase of the project when they planted 150 native Garry Oaks from Loxie Eagans Boulevard in Bremerton to Clear Creek Road. This coming fall, the effort will start again at Sherman Hill Road and continue north for another four miles.

By the time the project is finished, there will be seven different

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