Keep Orange County Beautiful (KOCB) is asking residents to mark their calendars for 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 for a project called, “Putting Pines Back in Pinehurst at the Salvation Army Building, 1950 MLK Drive in Orange,” according to J. David Derosier, chairman of Keep Orange County Beautiful.

KOCB’s mission stated their mission is to address the twin topics of “Trees and Trash”.

Sandra Cash, a board member of KOCB and also programming chair for the local chapter of AAUW (American Association of University Women), has put together another project to bring back some of the trees that were lost to storms in the last few years.

The organization will be planting young pine trees on the property of the Salvation Army at the corner of MLK and Strickland Drive.

“A full grown pine will sequester more carbon dioxide than a full grown live oak. And that’s saying something when you’re on the corner of a very busy intersection, Cash said.”

This KOCB project is co-sponsored by the local chapter of AAUW.

A forest ranger will be on hand for a short presentation on the “Benefits of Pine Trees.” A reception will follow with food and beverages provided by AAUW.

A small donation at the door will help allay the utility cost for the use of the room to the Salvation Army.

The next meeting of the board of directors of KOCB will be at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 at Robert’s Steakhouse, 3720 West Park in Pinehurst.