The Friends of Trees and Elkins Tree Board want to thank everyone who added more than 75 new trees to our urban forest this year. The 75th Forest Festival was another magical event thanks to Scott Harris and his hard working committees. The leaves in our forests turn orange, red and yellow naturally, but the colorful trees in town had to be planted and tended by people.
Erika Stokes headed up the "Trees Make a Difference/TREE MAD" campaign encouraging citizens to plant 75 new trees around town during the last year. Hazel Burford suggested that these trees could be marked by the orange bows that citizens may have noticed around town during the Forest Festival. Grace Sundelin and Suellen Gross bought the ribbons and created the orange bows.
More than 75 trees have been planted in the city of Elkins since the last festival. The Randolph County Development Authority planted 35 new red maples on Martin and Porter streets - thank you Rob Morris. Davis & Elkins College Sustainability Studies students planted over 30 trees at the Kump Education Center - thank you Russ McClain. The city of Elkins planted six new trees at City Hall - thank you Erika Stokes. The Senior Center planted two trees on Railroad Avenue - thank you Becky Poe.
Lots of local residents have added trees: Phil Graziani planted two on Elm Street, Roy Stalnaker and Carol Schuler planted two on High Street, Erika Stokes planted two on Grandview Avenue. CVS was the focus business with two new trees; one on Fifth Street and one on Davis Avenue. A special thank you goes to Larry Gouer and Matt Davis at Terra Flora, the people who put a large number of the new trees in the ground.
The city of Elkins has a $10,000 West Virginia Urban Forestry Demonstration City Grant to add 23 new trees downtown in 2012. Councilman Van Broughton will head up the Street Committee effort to prepare the tree boxes for new trees.
Elkins has lost a number of trees during wind storms in the last year. The Tree Board will sponsor an At-Risk Workshop on Nov. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Davis & Elkins College with forester Jesse Wise from West Virginia Urban Forestry. This workshop will help people determine if their trees need to be removed for safety reasons.
Kump Center Heritage Plant Inventory is done and Pill Painter will help take cuttings to be planted in the D&E greenhouse before problem trees are cut there.