It is shocking that one tiny insect has done so much harm to our regions tree population. The Emerald Ash Borer has devastated and continues to ruin our local ash tree population. By one estimate, our native ash tree comprises about ten percent of the regional tree canopy. This means that within a matter of another few years, ten percent of our local tree population will be gone.
Because of the tragic decline of our native ash tree, and because of other threats to our remaining tree population, an initiative has been started to promote the planting of trees. Taking Root is a regional reforestation campaign with the goal of planting 2 million trees by the year 2020. The target area comprises the tri-state area of Southeast Indiana, Southwest Ohio, and Northern Kentucky.
How can you get involved?
Plant a tree of course! After planting your tree, register the tree on the Taking Root website. Registration is easy and only certain information is required, such as the county in which the tree was planted, the number of trees planted, and the date of planting. Other information is optional, such as name, zip code, and email.
When is a good time to plant a tree?
Fall is a great time to plant a new tree for many reasons (see previous blog for more info). But, any time the ground can be dug (yes, even winter!) is an acceptable time to plant.
Saturday, October 24th is National Make A Difference Day.
What better way to make a difference in our community than by planting a tree for future generations to enjoy?
In conjunction with National Make a Difference Day, White Oak Gardens will host Taking Root Program Coordinator Matt Stenger to talk about this local initiative as part of our Seminar In A Snap series. Please join us on Saturday, October 24th at 11am to discuss Taking Root and learn about the importance of our regional tree canopy!
If you are interested in planting a tree for National Make a Difference Day, or any day, White Oak Gardens has many great trees in stock.
These trees include:
Are you interested in a tree that we currently do not have in stock?