If you happen to see a few more trees around Jessamine County in about 100 years, you can thank Kent Slusher.
The state forester for Jessamine County spent much of last Wednesday afternoon planting approximately 100 trees in parks around the area in an effort to add some green to Kentucky's fourth least-forested county.
"We're doing it as an Arbor Day event to promote tree planting in Jessamine County," Slusher said while putting a bur oak in the ground at Lake Mingo Park. "We're going to take over Clark County (the fifth least-forested county). If we can get ahead of Clark, then we've beat one county."
That's not to say that man has come through the area and hacked down all of the trees that were here. The bottom five counties in terms of forested acres are in central Kentucky, which is largely because of the fact that this region was mostly savannah when it was settled. But Slusher said that doesn't mean the county could benefit from a few more trees, especially since February's ice storm took a toll.