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A collaborative project involving the University of Kentucky and US Forest Service to establish a network sharing comprehensive tree health and genetic data between scientists and the public is moving forward.

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Kentuckians planning to plant trees can order seedlings from the state Division of Forestry. The agency says there are more than 50 species of trees from which to choose, including bald cypress, black walnut, white oak, yellow-poplar, dogwood and redbud. 

River Discovery Center

Paducah’s River Discovery Center is partnering with an environmental organization to offer free oak saplings to the community this spring.

Mike Gowen explains how, in its tenth year, the Murray Share A Seed Program has received a grant from National Wildlife Federation for 150 native trees. Fifty trees will be planted throughout Murray community parks and another one-hundred will be given away to community members who come to the park on Friday, May 2 between 9 am and Noon. MES will also be donating seedlings to the Murray Art Guild for their Needline garden in back of the Guild. Tracy Ross speaks with Mike Gowen on Sounds Good for details.

More Division of Forestry Seedlings Growing in W. Ky.

Aug 29, 2012

State forestry officials say a tree nursery in western Kentucky has taken on extra work this year to produce nearly two million seedlings for state sales. Forest Resource Branch Manager Tim Sheehan said tornados in March wiped out the state’s eastern Kentucky tree nursery.

The past two years of mild winters have led to an outbreak of pests in the Ohio River Valley. Tulip Poplar trees in the region are being threatened by usually large numbers of the tulip scale insect- which attaches to twigs on tulip poplar trees, sucks sap out of the bark and releases a clear, sticky sugary substance that’s commonly called “honeydew.”