Elkins Tree Board, Friends of Trees organizing beautification efforts
ELKINS — Already in 2021, the Elkins Tree Board and Friends of Trees has helped organize a spate of beatification activities for the benefit of the community.
In March, the organizations spearhead the planting of 14 trees in the new Outdoor Education Groves at Glendale Park.
The Elkins Tree Board procured the trees with funds awarded through the West Virginia Division of Forgery’s Demonstration City Grant Program. This is the second consecutive year the tree board was awarded this grant. The City of Elkins Street Department provided services to meet the required in-kind match.
The 14 trees were planted in the park with help from area Master Gardeners, atmospheric members, On Power Forestry, Elkins Parks and Recreation and Elkins Street Department staff, and other community volunteers.
Also in March, the Elkins Tree Board and Friends of Trees helped plant a number of trees downtown, including honey locusts, kwanza cherries, American elms, dogwoods, and an October Glory.
The Elkins Tree Board and Friends of Trees also sponsored a Pruning Workshop in March. State Division of Forestry urban forester Sam Adams lead the workshop, as many trees at Glendale Park were pruned by volunteers.
During the winter, a large white oak tree had to be cut down at Elkins City Park, and the wood is being repurposed into benches for the Outdoor Education Groves in Glendale Park. The benches will enhance the Mario Toumayan Interpretive Trail located at the park.
Elkins Friends of Trees is a volunteer group dedicated to creating a more green city. The members assist with the care and maintenance of trees, can attend pruning and planting workshops, and support public awareness campaigns.