July 10, 2014
The orange trees at the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center at Darden Towe Park are getting a little tender loving care.
Crews trimmed and pruned the Osage orange trees Thursday morning. The trimming process will make the trees more accessible.
"In our programs with children we want to be able to get close to the trees to educate them about the Native American history of the trees and also the Lewis and Clark history of the trees,” says Alexandria Seals, executive director.
Experts say the Osage orange tree was instrumental in the opening of the West, and Native Americans used the wood for their tools.
The trees were also used to enclose livestock on prairies and protect topsoil from wind and dust.