City of Lexington celebrates anniversary of Reforest the Bluegrass

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) –The city of Lexington celebrated the 20th anniversary of Reforest the Bluegrass this year.

They celebrated the milestone by planting trees at 20 smaller sites throughout the county during the course of the year.

Branching Out wrapped up this past weekend with a Tree Hop – plantings at five sites at three different times.

They say over 100 trees were planted on November 2, with 1,312 being planted through all 20 planting events.

Over the past two decades of Reforest the Bluegrass, more than 16,500 volunteers have helped to restore 190 acres of floodplains by planting over 142,000 native tree seedlings.

“Branching Out was an opportunity to engage citizens in tree plantings throughout the year while adding trees to sites that are too small for a Reforest event,” said John Saylor, Program Manager Senior for Natural Resource Operations & Urban Forestry. “Some volunteers had the chance to plant in their neighborhood. Each year, they can take pride in watching something they planted grow.”

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