I seem to be on a tear about local org’s, so here’s another one. I don’t know too much about the Friends of the Parks, although I know lots of the folks involved with it.
I did go to a cool presentation that they organized last night … Woodland Management Workshop. I was really there to meet someone before the presentation, but decided to stick around for it, and am glad I did. All three presenters were tops in their fields. Chad Tinkel is the forester for the Fort Wayne Parks department and is now a nationally recognized authority on dealing with the Emerald Ash Borer within cities. Tom Crowe is a self-employed forester who does it all, including planting hundreds of thousands of trees every year. Lee Casebere is the assistant director of the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves. All of them were very knowledgeable and able to carry on a discussion and answer all questions the audience had. I learned lots of things I never knew before, plus heard a variety of viewpoints.
An interesting dichotomy was listening to the foresters talk about cutting down the trees that get too big because they become disease-prone, then hearing Lee lament about how few old growth woods and big trees are left anymore. There’s a balance there somewhere, but it is currently leaning strongly towards cutting down all older trees. I would sure like to see that balance start leaning the other way, but I guess I’ll have to wait until I get elected governor.
They do have another cool looking event coming up … the Great Tree Canopy Comeback!!
Since Fort Wayne has had to remove thousands of nice big Ash trees, Friends of the Parks has stepped up to start replanting trees. They’ve been doing this every year since 2002 and are going to do this again this year on November 2. They’re asking for volunteers to come out to various parks and streets to help plant some nice-sized trees. This is a great way to help out and also to learn about the tree problem in Fort Wayne.
In order to help, you have to register. Here’s a .pdf that you can print out and send in for registration -> GTCC 2013 Flyer.
Luckily, for those of you that want to help out, but don’t have the time or inclination, they have been so kind as to allow you to donate $$ to help pay for the trees. Just print and fill out the same flyer.