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Gillette replacing 50 trees amid street rebuilding

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GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Gillette parks workers are replacing 50 trees along Gillette Avenue and installing a drip-irrigation system that's expected to conserve water and keep the new trees healthier.

The work is part of a reconstruction project on the street, although more than half the old trees had to be removed because of storm damage, not construction.

The Gillette News-Record reported Wednesday ( ) parks officials will plant 45 new trees.

Workers plan to prune the new trees in a way that helps them withstand wind and snowstorms.

Parks officials say the $226,000 drip irrigation system will be better than the prior practice of hand-watering or injecting water into the roots, which stressed the old trees.

Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record,

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