Eleven young people made history Thursday morning in a farm field along the lower Tuolumne River west of Modesto.

They planted the first trees in the restoration of Dos Rios Ranch, a 1,603-acre expanse that will become wildlife habitat and natural floodplain at the confluence with the San Joaquin River.

The crew from the California Conservation Corps planted oaks, willows and other fast-growing trees in soil that grew corn and wheat last year.

 

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