Nov. 18–MIDDLEBURY — Native Indiana trees were planted last week along the Ridge Run Trail near the Essenhaus covered bridge, with the goal of adding to the urban forest and enhancing the trail for users in years to come.
The Middlebury Tree Board coordinated with Das Dutchman Essenhaus and Dogwood Hills Tree Farm on plantings and placement of more than 25 tree varieties along the trail.
This gift was made possible through donations from Grand Design Recreational Vehicles, Star Fleet Trucking Inc., American Petroleum Inc., and Das Dutchman Essenhaus.
“We appreciate everyone’s contribution in making this project special,” Mike Miller, Tree Board president said. “This is a great example of our community and businesses coming together to make Middlebury a better place to live.”
Thirty trees will be planted altogether, and will be identified on a site kiosk map with native tree information.
Some of the more unusual native tree varieties planted include Yellowwood, Hawthorn, American Hornbeam, Bald Cypress, Kentucky Coffee Tree, and Hackberry.
“This is a great improvement that will make the trail more attractive for years to come,” said Randi Yoder, facilities director at Essenhaus.
The planting site will be dedicated next spring as part of the 2019 Arbor Day Celebration.
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