It has been said that planting just one tree will help the environment. But, what about 1,000 trees?
The young ladies of Girls Inc. did just that at the Panama City Beach Conservation Park Saturday morning. About 30 girls, their leaders and families all pitched in to plant the Longleaf Pine Seedlings at the park.
They've been learning about the tree's ecosystem in an environmental science project, and they got their hands dirty planting the seedlings.
The new Pines will remain small for about ten years as they grow roots. They will eventually, as the girls say, "grow taller than them."
The trees will live for up to 500 years in the park and will stand tall for the girl's children and grandchildren to see.
Park Resource Officer Dale Colby loves seeing the group invest in something they can share for decades to come.
Colby said, "It's just wonderful to see them, have them come out here and love every minute of what they're doing. It's truly wonderful that they take ownership, and then they'll come out to this park and realize that they're a part of it forever."
Colby hopes to plant about 90,000 Longleaf Pines in the park.