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More Than 2,000 Trees Planted Along River In Santee

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More Than 2,000 Trees Planted Along River In Santee

Employees from a biotech company on Monday gave a facelift to a stretch of the San Diego River in Santee.

It is the second time that Takeda employees and their families planted more than 2,000 trees in the same location.

Takeda said it's a part of the company's effort to offset paper consumption, while giving employees an opportunity to create a legacy.

“We’ve been participating with the tree planting, and there’s been frequent waterings to make sure the trees are healthy after we put them into the ground,” said Keith Wilson, Takeda's chief science officer. "Hopefully, this is going to be part of a trail that stretches from the mountains all the way to the ocean. People will be able to enjoy (it) for hopefully 100 years."

Paul Hormick has volunteered for both efforts. The San Diego River Park Foundation volunteer said he is amazed when he sees the habitat he helped create.

“When I first walk up and look at it, I’m always a little surprised at the success — that we can look and see that, yes, what we planted has taken root."

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