On one of the few non-rainy days in April, nearly 300 community volunteers contributed several hours of their time to help plant about 3,000 tree seedlings along Clark's Run, one of Danville's local creeks. The City of Danville had been awarded a $6,000 Community Grant from Bluegrass PRIDE (Personal Responsibility for a Desirable Environment) to complete this project as a way to broaden environmental awareness in the community and reap various water quality benefits from the growing trees. (Clark's Run is a direct tributary to Herrington Lake - the source of Danville's drinking water - and both water bodies are listed by the state as having impaired water quality.)
This reforestation project also included the agreement to install an educational sign along the creek, informing local citizens of the rationale and importance of maintaining trees and other vegetation along the creek. However, when a few of the project organizers met at Bate-Wood Park to install the sign last week, we discovered that about 75 percent of the trees are now missing. Those trees that remain are thriving, given the abundant rainfall we've experienced since they were planted in April. So, it is unlikely that those trees that are missing are gone because they failed to survive.