Planting for Success: 2021 Recap

by Rick Forrester
FLMSP Reforestation Leader

With all the issues in our world this past year, it is nice to know we were able to safely work and socially distance down on the trail to accomplish our 2021 goal of planting over 300 native Ohio trees and shrubs. Nineteen different species were planted this year and the total number of volunteers hours logged on reforestation was 143.  Trees and shrubs were purchased early in the year from Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and FLMSP also received a generous donation of oak trees from the Ohio Valley Forestry Fellowship.  Trees and shrubs were potted up April 11 for planting late in the year.  Four areas were targeted for planting:  Corwin (32 mile marker where a large number of dead ash trees had been removed), north of Grandin (36mm), south of Fosters (38 mm), and south of Beech Road (46 mm).  Planting took place over thirteen fun work sessions which included home-made cookies and occasional railroad and sea shanty music.

The following tree and shrub species were planted: 2021 tree planting partially loaded truck 400

Buttonbush -3

Ninebark – 8

Black Cherry – 25

Oak, Burr – 5

White Flowering Dogwood - 32

Oak, Red – 35

Elderberry – 25

Oak, Swamp White – 47

Hazelnut – 5

Redbud – 35

Honeylocust -5

Shadblow Serviceberry – 25

Maple, Red – 3

Spice bush – 3

Maple, Silver – 40

Sycamore – 4

Maple, Sugar – 3

Tulip Poplar - 5

Nannyberry- 5

Total trees and shrubs - 313

As always, the species planted were in accordance with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Guidelines for Native Ohio Tree, Low-growing Tree and Shrub, and Grass Species Suitable for Planting within 1000 feet of State Wild, Scenic, and Recreational Rivers.

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