Ashland's annual Arbor Day "Plant a Tree Project" will take place in Central Park Friday, April 27, from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or until all tree seedlings are gone, whichever comes first. Any remaining seedlings will be distributed on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Approximately 10,000 tree seedlings will be available, with a limit of 12 per person. School groups, garden clubs and beautification project volunteers may also pick up seedlings for their spring plantings.
Large trees available are White Pine, Black Walnut, White Oak, Pecan, Loblolly Pine, Black Cherry and Cypress, a species that likes water. Medium size trees suitable for most urban settings are Chinese Chestnut, Mulberry, Persimmon and Wild Plum. Small trees are Eastern Redbud and Flowering Dogwood, and shrub-size plants are Hazelnut and Silky Dogwood.
The free distribution is sponsored by the City of Ashland and the Kentucky Division of Forestry. The project is part of the city's urban forestry program and a public service of the Ashland Tree Board consisting of Joyce Welch, Alice Bourne, Carrie Stambaugh, Jeff Tarbox and Marion Russell.
ACTC students, faculty and staff members assist in the distribution as a community service project. For more information, contact Dr. Ben Harmon at ACTC at 606-326-2146 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.