DETROIT (AP) – Volunteers will plant 115 flowering cherry trees on Belle Isle in Detroit with the support of a $150,000 federal grant.

The state Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that up to 150 volunteers would work on the replanting project Friday at the park’s Scott Memorial Fountain.

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The U.S. Forest Service grant will also fund hazard-tree removal, a tree regeneration program and the creation of a tree inventory and management plan for the island.

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Detroit’s sister city in Japan donated flowering cherry trees to the city in 1994. Many of the trees planted on Belle Isle have died or been removed because of disease and insect damage. The volunteers will plant a disease-resistant species to fill the gaps.

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