Volunteers Branch Out for Tree Hop

This year marked the 20th anniversary of Reforest the Bluegrass. The city celebrated the milestone by planting trees at 20 smaller sites throughout the county during the course of the year.

Branching Out wrapped up this past weekend with a Tree Hop – plantings at five sites at three different times. Over 100 trees were planted on November 2, with 1,312 being planted through all 20 planting events. That’s in addition to the 7,000 trees planted at Reforest the Bluegrass at Masterson Station Park back on April 13.

Over the past two decades of Reforest the Bluegrass, more than 16,500 volunteers have helped to restore 190 acres of floodplains by planting over 142,000 native tree seedlings.

“Branching Out was an opportunity to engage citizens in tree plantings throughout the year while adding trees to sites that are too small for a Reforest event,” said John Saylor, Program Manager Senior for Natural Resource Operations & Urban Forestry. “Some volunteers had the chance to plant in their neighborhood. Each year, they can take pride in watching something they planted grow.”

For tree planting and maintenance tips, visit lexingtonky.gov/forestry. Follow Live Green Lexington on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn about the next Reforest the Bluegrass event and other volunteer opportunities.

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Planting a tree