On Saturday, March 27, volunteers throughout the greater Cincinnati area will converge on the Ryle High School campus to help plant nearly 2,200 trees in just a matter of hours! Organized by the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council, this annual event is sponsored by a collaboration of several organizations throughout Northern Kentucky.
This year, volunteers will be planting trees in an area of the Ryle campus that is currently mowed and has a slight grade. The goal of the planting event is to transform the parcel of land back to native forest, which will improve wildlife habitat, improve air and water quality, reduce soil erosion, and lower maintenance costs.
This will be the fourth year for the event, which started out at Big Bone State Park in 2007, rotating between Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties in the years since. In 2009, the Reforest Northern Kentucky site was Middleton-Mills Park in Kenton County. In 2008, A.J. Jolly Park in Campbell County hosted the event.
Volunteers should bring their favorite shovels from home if they have one, if not there will be plenty on hand. Also, volunteers should wear clothing suitable for outdoor activity; this event will be held rain or shine. The first 200 volunteers to register will receive a free t-shirt. Refreshments will be provided, and each volunteer will receive a tree seedling for planting at home to do thier part to "Reforest Northern Kentucky!".
A great event for neighbors, friends, and the whole family, Reforest Northern Kentucky will bring together the whole community. Several hundred people usually attend the event, and the more the merrier when so many tree seedlings need to be planted.
The Reforest Northern Kentucky 2010 event site is located at 10379 Highway 42, Union, KY 41091 (the Ryle High School, Gray Middle School Campus). Registration is required and available online at: http://ces.ca.uky.edu/boone. For more information or to register over the phone, call (859) 586-6101. On site registration begins at 9:00 A.M., and the event officially ends when the last tree is planted sometime during the early afternoon. Volunteers should register by March 15th, as t-shirts cannot be guaranteed past this date or after the first 200 registrations.
Individuals interested in urban forestry can contact the Northern Kentucky Urban & Community Forestry Council by visiting http://www.nkyurbanforestry.org or contact Rick Horn at info@nkyUrbanForestry.org.