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McDonnell plants a tree, celebrates Virginia's rivers

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell helped plant an American hornbeam -- a tree native to Virginia -- along the banks of the James River today as part of event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Virginia Scenic River Program.

During this year's legislative session, the General Assembly passed bills designating 81 additional river miles as scenic -- the most miles added at one time in the program's history. The program now includes 28 river segments totaling 610 miles.

"From the Blackwater in the coastal plain to the Jordan and Hughes east of the Blue Ridge in Rappahannock County to the Russell Fork that cascades through the mountains and valleys of Southwest in Dickenson County, the rivers designated as scenic this year are a microcosm of Virginia's waterways,'' McDonnell said. "Virginia's rivers are one of our most unique resources, contributing to Virginia's economic vitality, beauty, and quality of life."

(Photo Courtesy of Michaele White, Governor's Photographer)

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By Anita Kumar  |  April 23, 2010; 5:06 PM ET
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Comments

that's great, plant a tree mr governor. the citizens of your state would like to see you at least pretend to act as though you care as much about social rights as you seemingly do about the environment.

Posted by: seraphina2 | April 24, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, is this what we get from the governor? In recent months he has emphasized filling potholes, opening rest stops, and planting a tree. He has made failed attempts to diss gays and minorities. In the meantime nothing is being done on issues that really matter like transportation projects and education which are things that really matter to our future. I hope those who voted for this man are having an appropriate level of buyer's remorse.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | April 24, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Will this one tree help filter mercury, pcb, ddt, etc., pollution from Virginia's rivers? "Scenic" is the correct description of this effort. We can no longer safely consume fish from any of Virginia's rivers.

Posted by: Rich393 | April 24, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

The Environmental Governor. Check.

Posted by: James10 | April 24, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

So he is getting ready for a good old fashioned Confederate lynching? Good for him. When should we be expecting the harvest of strange fruit Masser Bob suh?

Posted by: greenmansf | April 24, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I don't see a Governor planting a tree, in that picture. I see three guys in suits throwing a small shovelful of dirt into a hole where someone else did the physical labor of planting a tree.


Posted by: momof20yo | April 24, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

@momof20yo: You are absolutely right--and General Schwarzkopf didn't win the Persian Gulf War, a whole bunch of American and allied soldiers did; no pharoah built a pyramid, etc., etc. It's nice to know someone recognizes who talks and talks and talks, and who gets the job done.

Posted by: cmckeonjr | April 24, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Listen-up all you freedom-hating, affordable-health-insurance-loving pantie-waists.

No sacrifice is too great for this governor... even forcing his attention away from further marginalizing blacks, gays, women, teachers and families with special-needs children.

Staging a photo-op for Earth Day is just one of the ways he works for a better, more 19th-Century Virginia.

Posted by: Zino | April 24, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Perviously on 24... The wounded body of a former African American president, not legally born in this country, was hunted down by a snarky female tea party birther from Alaska posing as president--who demands to receive medical care in Canada--during the annual RNC moose hunt and oil drilling retreat, and placed in a hole in the ground. Upon observing this, Gov McDonnell quickly rushed to plant a tree over the wounded socialist before anyone noticed. Gov McDonnell, normally protected from any menial labor whatsoever by former Confederate soldiers and a bevy of undocumented minorities employed by Mitch McConnell, now Senate Majority Leader, was irritated that all the illegals had been recently rounded up and tortured by the Arizona Gestapo under the constitutional directive of Dick Cheney...

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | April 24, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Aw, gee, now they are going to complain that by planting a tree, he is bringing back memories of lynching. The Post will editorialize he must stick to petunias.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | April 24, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

A nice break from supporting the Coal industries ability to pollute our rivers and streams as well as poison people living near Coal mines and along Coal transportation routes. A nice break from supporting Offshore drilling so we can share the Gulf Oil rig disaster experience of spilling 1000 barrels - or 42,000 gallons a day into the bay and kill off our Billion dollar tourism and fishing industries. A nice break from supporting Confederate history of Slavery Racism and Terrorism. A nice break from not supporting federal aid to the unemployed and uninsured. A nice break from pressing your thumb down on the necks of the young, the old and the people most in need of protection. Nice Job and Good Times for the Right Wing.

Posted by: liveride | April 26, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

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