Local volunteer help plant trees

By Jeff Worrell
Carmel, IN (November 3, 2009)- It got a little greener in Carmel this month. Eden Village homeowners donated their Saturday to plant 23 trees as part of National Neighborwoods month. The neighborhood lost some trees as a result of the Keystone Avenue project, and many of its pear trees had reached maturity and were dying.

The tree replacement is a component of an efficient strategy the city is using to grow its urban forest. Carmel pays for the trees through grant and donation supplements. The street department pre-digs the holes using an effective, mechanical device. Then, Scott Brewer, Daren Mindham or Nichole Passineau from the Community Services Urban Forestry Department assists residents in putting the right species and size of tree in the right place. The city takes responsibility to prune and maintain the trees into the future.
Ashley Mulis, president of the Carmel Urban Forestry committee, said, “Though neighborhoods like Eden Village are blessed to have mature trees, it is important to be diligent in keeping the age and species classifications varied. The fall planting will add some new species to a neighborhood that has experienced some impact from road enhancements.”
Joining Ashley as volunteer servants on the urban forestry committee are Dan Franzman, Rich Nehring, Cheryl Gettelfinger, Leigh Banks and Theresa Levine. Roger Kellams, President of the Eden Village Homeowners Association played a key role in gaining the trees for his neighborhood. However, he is the first to say, “It was a team effort, and our neighborhood is thrilled to be a part of Neighborwoods.” The other volunteers from Eden Village were Tony Rhine Roben Roberts, Jennifer Rhine, Don Roesler, Bob and Suzanne Auscherman, Beverly Kellams, Fred and Helene Stickler, Steve Turner, Susan Stephens, Dan Dawson, Marilyn Allison, Lori Buchanan and Doug Walker.
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