There will be NO Kiwanis meeting on March 17, March 24, and March 31.

In addition, the Carrot making on Saturday, March 21 is cancelled. More carrot information will follow later.

Please check with your Kiwanis friends by phone to make sure they have read this message.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Regreening Greenfield

Al and Sally Parson of Regreening Greenfield
Sally Parsons spoke to Greenfield Kiwanis about the history and purpose of Regreening of Greenfield.  Regreening attempts to keep the tree canopy of the City of Greenfield attractive, healthy and growing by planting, trimming, watering, and mulching trees in the tree plots of the city.  In addition they distribute free trees and planting advice.

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:
  1. The Asian longhorn beetle which damages maple family trees, birches, Ohio buckeyes, elms and horse chestnut.
  2. Spotted Lantern fly which damages trees when they feed sucking sap from stems and branches.
  3. Thousand cankers disease which attacks the Walnut family,
Google these to see pictures for identification,  If you suspect you see them report them to Purdue at

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

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Greenfield Kiwanians perform service projects to help people and organizations. We also perform service projects to raise funds to support Riley Children's Hospital and many local charities.