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Hubbard County resident Tom Barta stands in his tree farm. Since 2000, he's been reforesting 33 acres of aspen to bring back native pines. It's been a frustrating and rewarding endeavor. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Restoring a forest, one seedling at a time

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Tom Barta apologizes for being a slacker.

In his effort to restore 33 acres of land to native pine forests, 54,500 trees have been planted since 2002.

"I only planted about half of those," he says, almost apologetically. And of those 20,000+ trees, he had help. Daughter Laura came annually from Hershey, Penn., to assist each spring.

Barta and wife Sheryl own 248 acres of land adjoining County Road 7 and the Paul Bunyan State Forest in Hubbard County.

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