LG&E’s Plant for the Planet Helps to Replace Ailing Trees in Waterfront Park.
Work is underway to replace ailing trees along River Road. This work is part of a long-range plan to replace nearly 300 Ash trees which have been susceptible to the Emerald Ash Borer. This planting season, park landscape supervisors are replacing 39 trees with a mixture of tree species intentionally diversified for the health of the tree canopy. Patriot Elm, Fruitless Sweet Gum, Exclamation Sycamore and Fiesta Fire Sugar Maple are the varieties we’ve selected to replace the Ash trees this year. Waterfront Park Landscape Supervisors and Staff are skilled in removing, planting and caring for the trees. With over 2,000 trees in inventory, approximately 40-50 trees are replaced each season in the months of October/November.
This work is funded, in part, by the LG&E and KU Foundation’s Plant for the Planet grant program which is modeled after the United Nations’ Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, which promotes the planting of more than one billion trees annually by individuals, communities and businesses worldwide. This program is responsible for more than 40,000 trees in the LG&E and KU coverage area since its inception in 2009.