Reforest the Bluegrass to celebrate 15th year by planting trees at Hisle Park

bfortune@herald-leader.comApril 5, 2013 

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Reforest the Bluegrass will celebrate 15 years of planting trees by asking volunteers to show up April 13 at Hisle Park, 3551 Briar Hill Road, to help plant hundreds of tree seedlings.

Every spring since 1999, volunteers have gathered in different locations throughout Lexington to plant more than 100,000 tree seedlings. These trees have helped restore 175 acres of stream-side forests, once prolific to the Bluegrass.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Church groups, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and neighborhood associations are invited to participate.

Dress in warm clothes, bring gloves and wear shoes or boots that can get muddy and wet. Volunteers can bring their own shovels or trowels.

Folk singer Mitch Barrett will play and sing from 10 a.m. until noon. Reforest the Bluegrass is a rain or shine event.

Volunteers can take a break from planting seedlings to explore Hisle Park, which has hiking and riding trails and an archery range. Development of this property is ongoing with fishing ponds, an orchard, garden and pavilion planned for the site.

City agencies, such as the Divisions of Environmental Policy, Streets and Roads, and Parks and Recreation, are joined by private partners to plan and support the event, including Paul Miller Ford, Wise Recycling and Perkins Landscape.

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Past Reforest events have planted trees along Legacy Trail, Masterson Station Park, Coldstream Park, Jacobson Park and Veterans Park.

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Beverly Fortune: (859) 231-3251. Twitter: @BFortune2010

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