Hopefully, we’ve seen the last of the winter snow this season, so come celebrate spring at Reforest the Bluegrass this Saturday. For nearly two decades, volunteers have planted over 135,000 tree seedlings to improve streamside habitat and water quality throughout Lexington.

This year’s event is being held at Veterans Park, 650 Southpoint Dr., on Saturday, April 14. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to plant seedlings. Volunteers should dress for the weather, including shoes or boots that can get muddy and wet.

Reforest the Bluegrass is a great opportunity for families, religious groups, scout troops, and social organizations to participate in a public service event. Participants will be trained how to properly plant seedlings. Lunch is provided, and volunteers will receive a t-shirt on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Continuing an annual tradition, Fortune Collision Centre is proud to partner with Reforest the Bluegrass for this year’s tree-planting event. Planting trees in the community decreases the amount of storm water runoff, which reduces soil erosion and pollution in our waterways and may lessen the effects of flooding. Trees also provide habitats for the many birds in our beautiful state, with over 300 birds thriving in our humid subtropical climate.                                              

“We look forward to this event every year,” said JP Miller, CEO and Dealer Principle of the Paul Miller Motor Company, which owns Fortune Collision Centre. “As a Lexington-based, family-owned business for 65 years, it’s rewarding to know that we’re giving back to the community by restoring our local landscape.”                                                         

Fortune Collision Centre has partnered with Reforest the Bluegrass since 2009. Together, Fortune Collision Centre and Reforest the Bluegrass have planted approximately 20,000 trees throughout Central Kentucky. Previous planting sites include the Kentucky Horse Park, Deep Spring Planting Area and the Legacy Trail. During the nearly 20-year history of Reforest the Bluegrass, more than 185 acres of urban and streamside forest have been restored, with nearly 136,000 native tree seedlings planted.

Private and public partners work together to make this event happen. Lead sponsors include Sekisui, Kentucky American Water, Kentucky Utilities, Lexmark and Fortune Collision. Other supporters include Baker Iron and Metal, Keep Lexington Beautiful, Lexington-Fayette County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Big Beaver Tree Service, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Environmental Commission, US Forest Service, Kentucky Division of Forestry and various departments within the City of Lexington.

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