As you drive, ride, run, or walk through the Humana Grand Allee this week you will notice some new trees being planted. The installation, being done by Bowling Nursery and supervised by Eco-Tech Consultants, is part of The Parklands Urban Conservation Initiative, funded by a grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.
The grant, announced in January 2015, funds a three-year initiative to restore native ecosystems and aid in their long-term sustainability. Work within the grant includes installation and development of mature forests, oak savannas and meadows, and restoration work along streams and riparian (streamside) corridors.
The bulk of the current work involves removal of invasive species and this week’s Humana Grand Allee tree planting, part of the oak savanna installation.
100 native trees are being planted this week, each of a 3.5 – 4 inch caliper. Trees are measured by height or caliper, meaning trunk diameter. Caliper, or stem thickness, is usually measured 6”above the ground and is used to size trees taller than 8’.
Here is a list of the number of each species being installed in the Humana Grand Allee within the current project:
- (17) Bur oak
- (8) Chinkapin oak
- (15) Shumard oak
- (10 Sugar maple
- (15) Kentucky coffeetree
- (15) Ohio Buckeye
- (10) Blackgum
- (10) Black walnut
These are large trees and you will notice changes in the landscape immediately. Tree plantings within the project will help to increase the tree canopy in Louisville and will ultimately help to improve air quality across the region– enjoy!
Stay tuned for additional updates on progress within the Urban Conservation Initiative.
Click here to learn more about the grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Click here to see more photos of the planting.