May 23, 2016 5:32 PM

More than 1,000 trees planted in Vermont, New Hampshire

POMFRET, Vt. (AP) — More than 1,000 trees and shrubs have been planted along three rivers in New Hampshire and Vermont.

The Valley News reports the Connecticut River Watershed Council and project partners planted them in Groton, Vermont and the New Hampshire towns of Haverhill, Lisbon and Orford.

The plantings include birch, willows and elderberries and stretch along nearly 4,000 feet of riverbank on the Wells, Ammonoosuc and Connecticut rivers.

The council says the shrubs and trees will help improve water quality by filtering out pollutants, reduce erosion and increase habitat for fish and wildlife.

The plantings were funded by grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

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