“We additionally got, from the Butler County Soil and Water Conservation District, 100 red bud tree seedlings,” and those were planted April 27 by volunteers and the city’s tree board, he said. On Friday, which was Arbor Day, using a grant from the Ohio Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, volunteers, city staff and parks staff planted 25 chestnut trees and six butternut trees.
Bienemann said Miami University Middletown’s Carolyn Kieffer, a biology professor and president of the American Chestnut Foundation’s Ohio chapter, “brought the trees down and provided us with guidance and instruction on how to properly plant the chestnut trees.”
“We got everything in the ground and had a great day of it,” Bienemann said.
“We typically do the tree planting in the last two weeks of April, on the seedlings, so we’re done for the year,” Bienemann said.
Officials also celebrated Arbor Day by planting a tree with fifth graders at Highland Elementary.
Meanwhile, crews this spring will be planting 100 street trees on the city’s east side, through a contract with Jeffrey Allen Corp. of Cincinnati.
The city plans to buy signage where the chestnuts were planted, “and then, as they’re growing, probably later this fall, we’ll offer educational tours of all these trees we’re planting on the various locations at the Riverside Natural Area, so if people want to see the chestnuts, or the swamp white oaks, the red buds, the native-tree restoration area, we can give tours out there if they want,” Bienemann said.
People interested in helping with future tree plantings can contact Bienemann at firstname.lastname@example.org.