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Wednesday – March 12, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The annual volunteer Reforest Northern Kentucky event will take place March 29 from 9 a.m. until noon at The Holy Family Home in Melbourne, Ky.

Reforest Northern Kentucky is organized by the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council to restore native Kentucky woodlands. The reforestation project, which has a theme this year of “Can you Dig It?”, is responsible for planting thousands of tree seedlings on previously mowed properties in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties. Reforest NKY is an opportunity for public education and awareness about the importance of trees in our region.

Tara Sturgill, an environmental specialist at the Northern Kentucky University Center for Environmental Restoration, urges students to get involved in the event. “We've lost a significant amount of our forests due to many factors that are impacting our region, for example deforestation due to urbanization and invasive pests,” Sturgill said. “Our forests are a part of our natural heritage. This is a way to get that back and it is really fun to do.”

She said the event is not long, is fun and educational, and later on participants can revisit the place where they planted and admire the work that was done.

By planting trees, our forest landscape and legacy is restored. Trees and forests provide significant, measurable benefits to our communities, improving the environment, economy, and our quality of life. Over the last seven years, more than 28 acres of park and school land have been planted with native woodland trees and nearly 2,000 volunteers have participated in Reforest Northern Kentucky.

For more information and to register for the March 29 event, visit and click the 2014 Reforest Northern Kentucky link.

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