Volunteers hit Detroit Saturday for Hantz Woodlands/WXYZ Detroit 2020 PlantUp

(WXYZ) - The Hantz Woodland is clearly one of the more fascinating blight busting projects in Detroit.

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Detroit financier John Hantz has purchased some 1,700 blighted properties from the city, demolished the abandoned homes and will now begin to plant trees on some of that acreage.  It’s a for-profit business model that may take 50 years to mature. 

Hantz’ foreman and chief forester, Mike Score began digging the first of 15,000 holes that will be filled by three-foot saplings a few weeks ago.

Hundreds of volunteers were out Saturday morning, spending a few hours putting the trees in the ground.

Channel 7 has pledged to help through its Detroit 2020 and its socially active Facebook following and Twitter communities #backchannel and #earlyrisers. 

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