October marked the start of the apple picking season; November signals the perfect time for tree planting. At least, that is what some groups and organizations had been doing the past few days.
The Indiana Initiative
The Indiana Department of Transportation, for one, already held tree planting activities on Tuesday, November 11. The government office planted new greens along the US 31 interchange as part of a project to beautify the area.
Initially, the INDOT planned the tree planting on November 6, Friday. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate, which forced the office to hold the activity at a later date. Last Tuesday proved to be the perfect time for the said tree planting activity.
The US 31 bypass project is a state-backed initiative that costs $155 million. The expansion of the new bypass removed around a thousand trees, according to Kokomo City mayor Greg Goodnight. As part of the deal, the INDOT promised to plant 293 native, ornamental greens along the entrance and exit of the highway.
“For some people who are utilizing those exits, we want it to look as attractive as possible. And we also want to do our best to better the environment,” the mayor told Kokomo Tribune.
The INDOT spent $99,969 in acquiring 293 bur oaks, Eastern redbuds, American sycamores, and other native trees for the interchange. Since 2008, there have been 3,300 planted trees in Kokomo, including the ones from INDOT’s recent activity, according to a press release from the city.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is also ready to provide $100,000 grants to communities that had been affected by the recent ash borer infestations. The government said this move aims to prevent storm water overflows and floods that come from the Great Lakes watershed.
Tree Planting in New York, Chico
Efforts to plant more trees have been widespread across the country. Two notable areas for this are New York and Chico, California.
The organization Re-Tree of Western New York continues its endeavors of planting new trees since a storm hit the area in October 2006. So far, the group is 3,435 trees away from their total target of 30,000 new trees within the vicinity. The organization recently started a series of fundraising initiatives to meet the target.
Students from Chico State University also planted new trees along Humboldt Avenue in California. The move came as an effort to address issues of “missing” trees in 3,500 locations, which were the outcome of a research that mapped all 35,000 trees in Chico.