MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP - Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. This year, Arbor Day falls on Friday, April 27th. Meridian Township Parks and Recreations held a tree planting event on this past Saturday, April 28th.
Although it was a chilly morning, around forty to to 50 volunteers showed up at the Tower Woods Land Preserve. They planted 300 native deciduous trees as part of a long term forest restoration effort in this preserve.
Park Naturalist and Stewardship Coordinator of Meridian Township, Kelsey Dillon, says there are two levels of importance of this event.
“This whole preserve was over run with the invasive species, Buckthorn, which is not a good shrub. It doesn’t provide a lot of wildlife habitat, especially not as much as a diversity deciduous forest, which is what we are aiming for here," says Dillon, "The other level is that we are engaging so many people in Arbor Day, and planting trees and giving back to nature. So we’re really connecting kids with nature and families with nature, and it’s just really nice to see. So we’re both planting trees and helping the environment and connecting people with nature. I really appreciate all the volunteers that have come out today, and all of the efforts of the people who have prepped out here, and done a lot of really hard work to make today possible, and of course, just the volunteers that showed up on a chilly morning to plant trees.”