FoK, 4-H, Girl Scouts to Go Planting

The Friends of the Kayaderosseras and local 4-H and Girl Scout members invite the public to help them plant one thousand trees and one thousand shrubs along the Kayaderosseras Creek on Saturday, May 19. Volunteers are asked to bring a shovel. Tree and shrub planting will start at 9 a.m. and will be concentrated along the Driscoll Road Park and the Rock City Falls and Boyhaven.

The planting program is part of a long term goal of Friends of the Kayaderosseras to establish a vegetative buffer all along the creek, said FoK vice president Blue Neils. He noted that natural vegetation (trees and shrubs) provide many advantages, including shade for lower water temperatures, roots that prevent bank erosion, habitat for wildlife and energy input into the aquatic food web.

In cooperation with 4-H and the Girl Scouts, FoK applied to New York State and received one thousand native trees and one thousand native shrubs that need to be planted in May. Last Saturday, 500 trees and 500 shrubs were planted in Kelley Park and the Burl Trail, Grey’s Crossing area.

For information on the Driscoll Road Park planting contact Forman and Zlata Phillips at fphillips6@nycap.rr.com. For information on the Rock City Falls Park and Boyhaven planting contact Blue Neils at brn5@cornell.edu.

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