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SCRANTON -- There may be no better way to go green than to plant green, and the city of Scranton will be planting some 150 trees come spring.

On a dreary winter's day, the bare bones of the city of Scranton on Farr Street are pretty visible. Only a few trees line the street, and a huge retaining wall sits in plain view.

But the view will soon change on Farr Street and several others throughout Scranton. The city will go greener, with more than 100 trees going into the ground in the spring.

Neighbors say they're excited.

"Anything that happens in front of your house, that makes it look better, it's all good," says Frank Gilroy of Scranton.

City of Scranton Forester Tony Santoli says thanks to a $50,000 federal grant and the city of Scranton Office of Economic and Community Development, 150 trees will be planted all over the city.

He says they will help beautify the area, and give folks some much-needed shade.

"The biggest, biggest benefit of trees, we all know this, is that for every acre of trees that is growing in Pennsylvania, and there are 17 million acres, one acre produces four tons of oxygen a year," said Tony Santoli, Scranton City Forester.  

Santoli says 50 trees will be planted along one section of Farr Street, as well as the dog park at Connell Park.

"People have complained there's no shade there. We're going to put ten trees there. We're going to put five in the little league park behind Connell Park. We're going to plant Cloverfield, the one side of Cloverfield," said Santoli.

Ten trees will also be planted at Mayor Connors Park on Orchard Street in the city's south side, all helping to make the city greener for years and years to come.