It's time to reforest Frankfort

By Robin Antenucci Published:

The annual Reforest Frankfort event is set for Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants will be planting 2,000 small trees at Cove Spring Park in the upland area off of Peaks Mill Road as well as the wetland area along U.S. 127 North. This is the event’s fourth year.

The city will provide shuttle service from the Cove Spring parking lots off U.S. 127 North and Peaks Mill Elementary School to the event site.

Spring is in full bloom and with it comes a great time of year to plant trees. Reforest Frankfort 2012 is a fun family event where you can help our City get a little greener. The event will take place rain or shine, so bring the whole family out for a day of fun.

Since 2009, Reforest Frankfort has been a huge success. Reforest Frankfort 2012 will again be combined with Frankfort’s annual Arbor Day event and will include music and entertainment, food, kid’s activities, informational displays, a T-shirt logo contest, Arbor Day Poster Contest winners and the City’s annual Arbor Day Tree Give-away. Tree-planting volunteers will receive Reforest Frankfort T-shirts.

The purpose of Reforest Frankfort is to restore forests for future generations. This is a crucial step to protecting our valuable water resources and enhancing our living standards. Reforest Frankfort will use the beneficial qualities of native species of trees and shrubs to bring natural balance to our ecosystems. These tree plantings will serve to slow erosion and flooding as well as provide shade and wildlife habitat. 

Reforest Frankfort is specifically designed for public participation. It empowers all citizens to play an active role in the conservation of our natural resources today and the preservation of our environment for the future.

How can you participate in this great event?

You can plant trees at the event and at your home; pick up information on trees and their benefits and care; visit the booths to learn more about trees and the environment; and bring your friends and family to Reforest Frankfort!

Tree-planting work will take place throughout the day. Trained and knowledgeable crew leaders will be there to help with the plantings. Wear long pants and sturdy boots and be prepared for rain if you are planning on planting trees.

Bring a shovel with you and drinking water. Some hand pruners would also be useful. Shuttle busses will be running all day to get you to and from the planting sites.

The City of Frankfort is the primary sponsor of the event and has recruited individuals, businesses and corporations to join in sponsorship. State and County Governments are also involved along with the Frankfort Plant Board, Kentucky State University, Garden Clubs, UK Cooperative Extension Service, Capital Area Extension Master Gardeners, the Conservation District, schools, scouts, churches, civic and other organizations and everyday citizens.

There will be free tree seedlings given away.

The festivities begin at 9 a.m. At 11, Mayor Gippy Graham, county and state officials will welcome the crowd. Graham will read the Arbor Day Proclamation, and the City of Frankfort will be recognized with the prestigious Tree City USA award for the 14th year.  Winners of the Big Tree Contest, fifth grade Arbor Day Poster Contest winners, and other recognitions will be given from 11-11:30.

If you have questions or need further information, contact Andrew Cammack, City Arborist at acammack@fewpb.net or (502) 803-0764; or contact the Frankfort Tourist Commission at 875-8687 or email rantenucci@visitfrankfort.com. 

Musicians performing

The music lineup for the day includes Sadie Meyer and Friends (Sadie Meyer, Joe Meyer III, Jerry Hockensmith, Gregg Ramey and Joe Meyer Jr.); Dan Atkins and Davey Fallis; Hat Sunday (OB Miller, Miller McKee, Will McKee and Mike Waford); KB Trio (Laura Keeler, Jonathan Keeler and Marcus Brothwell); Jeri Katherine Howell; and Gene and Laura (Gene Leingang and Laura Weber).

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