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The Loveland Tree and Environment Committee is seeking volunteers to help with a reforestation project in Phillips Park on April 10.
The committee has identified swaths of grassland that are currently mowed for no specific purpose and would be ideal for reforestation. Volunteers will plant 1,400 tree and bush seedlings in designated areas of Phillips Park to return the land to a natural woodland environment. This project is part of the city’s effort to reduce maintenance costs and increase wildlife habitats.
A variety of trees and bushes has been chosen for planting, honoring the need to provide habitat and food for wildlife. Additionally, planting with biological diversity in mind helps prevent the decimation of a forest when a bug or blight moves through the area.
While seedlings are young, early successional wildflowers will colonize the meadow, supporting local pollinators and invertebrates that provide a food source for nesting birds. In its adolescence, the young forest will support wildlife such as rabbits and song sparrows. As the trees mature, they will support an ever-increasing abundance of wildlife.
These plantings will expand the footprint of the Simpson Forest, Loveland's singular remnant of old growth forest. This natural treasure provides recreation opportunities for citizens, sequesters atmospheric carbon, mitigates storm water issues, and reduces erosion of steep hillsides.
If you would like to participate in the reforestation project, volunteers are needed April 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Seedlings are easy to plant, making this a great family event. Teams of two (hole digger and seedling planter) will be spaced across eight planting areas. Children under age 13 must be accompanied by adult.
This project reflects the Loveland Tree and Environment Committee's dedication to environmental stewardship and beautification of the community. For more information, please click here.