|Al and Sally Parson of Regreening Greenfield|
Regreening was established during Mayor Keith McClarnon's administration with the leadership of Marciann McClarnon and her classroom students. Since then thousands of trees have been inventoried, planted, pruned and watered in the city. Sally noted that trees are a part of the city infrastructure providing not only beauty but erosion control and storm water retention.
Sally noted that in addition to the Emerald Ash borer which is devastating ash trees and their relatives there are three new threats to trees:
- The Asian longhorn beetle which damages maple family trees, birches, Ohio buckeyes, elms and horse chestnut.
- Spotted Lantern fly which damages trees when they feed sucking sap from stems and branches.
- Thousand cankers disease which attacks the Walnut family,
She also noted that many trees die as a result of volcano mulching which enourages moisture around the base of the tree above the root line.
Regreening needs volunteers to help them with their work. Adults and high school age students can find volunteer opportunities at their Facebook page. They also need funds to help them with a matching grant they received to inventory trees.
Click here to go to the Regreening Page