I was out on my regular inspection last week when I drove past the historic Peters Cartridge superfund clean up site. I'm always slightly distracted when I drive around that narrow "s" curve and over the bridge as I strain to study the remnants of the historic structures. This day something different caught my eye. Hundreds, even thousands of white tubes were sticking up from the ground as if growing. I pulled into the bike path parking lot and took a closer look. Beautiful, healthy trees were flourishing from every single white tube. I becoming excited by the prospect of thousands of new tree seedlings! I stood there in awe of the shear volume of tree seedlings and curious how far this project reached. The tubes were lined up for as long as I could see so I started to walk down the path to investigate.
I found out later, I was photographing approximately 2000 newly planted native tree seedlings. The project I stumbled upon was the result of a partnership between Little Miami Conservancy, DuPont, Sycamore High School students and numerous local volunteers. Little Miami Conservancy organized the work and collaborated the effort. I was tremendously impressed by what I saw and what seemed like never ending rows of native tree seedlings. The trail beautification effort was successful and even included a sturdy picnic table and additional wood chip lined trails along the river. Warren SWCD applaud the effort of every participant and are excited to see this area grow!
Reforestation is the natural or intentional restocking of existing forests and woodlands that have been depleted, usually through deforestation.
Why Reforestation is Important
According to the United States Department of Agriculture forest Service, America's richly, diverse forests provide vital products and amenities to our society including quality habitat for wildlife, biodiversity of plant and animal communities, clean water, aesthetic benefits, and recreational opportunities. Timely reforestation following harvest or a major catastrophic event to restore forest cover on denuded lands is often important to maintaining forest ecosystems and deriving associated ecological, social, and economic benefits.
Reforestation is an element of a land stewardship ethic that includes growing, nurturing, and harvesting trees to meet specified resource objectives while conserving soil, air, and water quality in harmony with other resource management concerns. Reforestation following harvest or revegetating areas denuded by catastrophic fire or other natural disaster is often important to ensuring forest sustainability; it is a top priority for national forest management.
Are you interested in the trees on or near your property? Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry has a multitude of information and even assistance programs to guide you. Visit their Landowner Assistance page to learn more. The service forester for Area 12/Warren County is Pat Migliozzi, click HERE for his contact information and office hours. In addition, there is a nice publication that contains education information on managing and protecting Ohio's forest, wildlife and water resources. Subscribe HERE.
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