Henry County Green Works HCGW is a collaboration of Healthy Communities of Henry County, Henry County Community Foundation, and Henry County Solid Waste Management District.
Mission: To support conservation efforts by residents that will make Henry County a cleaner, safer place to live , work and play.
HCGW does this by:
- Building partnerships with and between Towns, Schools, Churches, Non-Profits and individuals that share our vision.
- Developing various Educational events that inform the public and foster an exchange of ideas for the region.
- Providing communication tools, such as a community calendar to post an event, for collaboration plus a county-wide online and print platform for event organizers, to coordinate and advertise events and where residents can find events and volunteer opportunities.
What are green works?
Native plant, garden and tree planting events, Town, river and trail clean-up events, painting and fix-up, rain barrel, compost bin and rain garden creation, geo cache planting, park building, charity runs and races, canoe and river events, nature hike and cycling events, e-scrap and shredding events and educational events on topics such as grant writing, on gardening, nutrition, nature, and healthy living.
Why do we need Greenworks in Henry County?
The Greening of Memorial Park
Greening up the park a prior
By KEVIN GREEN - email@example.com
The emerald ash borer, an insect that has devastated Indiana’s ash trees, has certainly made itself at home in Memorial Park.
Henry County resident Randy Jones, a certified Master Naturalist through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, has been busy surveying the trees in the southern part of the park. He said he hasn’t completed the job, but has already identified nearly 350 ash trees in that section of the park. The news isn’t good.
“Of those 345 or so trees that I’ve identified so far, a number of them are already dead,” he said. “Some of those that are dead are still standing. A number of them are infected with the ash borer and they aren’t dead yet, but they will be dead. The bottom line is that virtually every ash tree in the park will eventually be infected and will die in the near future.”
Jones said at one time the park had a “no net loss” policy regarding trees; for every tree cut down a new tree was planted. This was important, he said, because most of the park is mowed and trees can’t naturally regenerate in mowed areas because the young seedlings get cut down along with the grass. For that reason, he and volunteers from HOPE Initiative are suggesting the park starts its own tree nursery.
“We want to re-green the park,” he said. “We recognize the fact that these ash trees are going to die and we’re trying to put together a plan on how to replace the trees out there that we’re going to lose. ... So, we’re looking at starting a tree nursery there at the park.”
HOPE Initiative was asked by the Henry County Commissioners to facilitate a series of community meetings to determine what improvements the public would like to see made at the park. Jones said the tree nursery idea is one of the recommendations HOPE Initiative representatives will make to the Memorial Park Board when that panel meets June 19.
Jones also noted Memorial Park has a higher than usual concentration of oak and hickory trees. The plan is to make sure those two species in particular are planted in abundance moving forward. He pointed out oak and hickory trees produce acorns and nuts, which help support the wildlife that calls the wooded areas of the park home.
Jones is also advocating a return to the no net loss of trees approach at the park.
“We feel like there needs to be a policy dealing with the trees, whether they die or are wind damaged and need to come down. We can’t continue not replenishing trees,” he said. “Like I said, there is no natural tree reproduction throughout most of the park because it’s mowed, so we need to replant them. We’ve lost a lot of trees at the park over the years and there hasn’t been a consistent effort to replace them.”
Memorial Park Superintendent Laurie Davis said several trees have been planted in the park in recent years. She also said that park policy is to only cut down dead trees unless special permission is granted by the board, as was the case late last year when several trees were harvested to help meet the park’s financial needs.
She also noted the park sells firewood, but those sales do not involve healthy or living trees. Last year, income from the sale of firewood totaled $3,040. So far this year, firewood sales have totaled $2,895.
“It (selling firewood) makes a huge impact on the park’s budget,” she said.
Anyone interested in buying firewood can call or stop by the park office to make sure it is available. The phone number is 765-529-1004.
Trees Donated to Memorial Park
Trees donated by Marvin Pentecost that were planted in Memorial Park. HCHC volunteers and Memorial Park supporters helped plant. Red maple, river birch were planted.
Spring 2017 Tree Give-away project
Healthy Communities and Henry County Solid Waste Management District, had seedling trees available again this spring. The trees have now been spoken for. We had enthusiastic response this year and the trees were reserved in record time. This means that Henry County residents have pledged to plant 1000 trees this spring!
We are now putting together the individual orders as fast as we can.
If you reserved trees call 765-529-1691 to arrange for pick-up.
This year we have:
(Click on tree name for more information)
River Birch- To learn how to plant in clumps click here
Swamp White Oak
Shell Bark Hickory
Common Choke Cherry
How to Arrange for trees:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 765-529-1691 to arrange pick-up.
How to select a tree click here
How to plant a tree click here and here
Tree care tips here
Tree event ideas click here
List of native Indiana trees here
Donations to Healthy Communities of Henry County to be used for local projects will be accepted
Spring Abandoned Tire Clean-Up
Along with creating an eyesore abandoned tires are a perfect breeding habitat for mosquitos. They are also a pollutant, leaking petrochemicals into the ground. Since Henry County has reported cases of West Nile Virus for the last few years the growing number of abandoned tires around Henry County caught the attention of members of Healthy Communities a few weeks ago.
They decided to go out and pick up a trailer full of tires and take them for recycling. Once they started they found they did not want to stop until they had significantly reduced the problem. So Healthy Communities members working with volunteers from Hope Initiative, the Towns of Kennard, Greensboro, Straughn, Mooreland, Cadiz, Middletown, Blountsville, Henry County SWMD collected over 5,500 dumped tires. Henry County is definitely a healthier place because of your hard work.
They found the tires in empty lots, along stream beds and country roads all over Henry County. A donor rented four semi trucks and the volunteers loaded the tires and they were transported to an Ohio rubber recycling plant.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with this project. Sponsors for our project were: Henry County Solid Waste Management District, Henry County Health Department, Interlocal Community Action Program, NC/HC EDC and private donors. More on this story here
Volunteer Opportunities At Summit Lake State Park
Summit Lake State Park, near New Castle. More than 2,680 acres, including a... large lake, await your visit.
Projects individual volunteers or groups can do:
Flower bed preparation, trail clean up Projects a family can do: · Flower bed preparation, trail clean up, ready pumpkin patch Projects a group (like scouts) volunteers can do: · Trail clean up · Campground clean up · Youth Tent area clean up · Remove old split rail fence at entrance and fill holes from posts · Bark chip around campground trees · Replace boundary signs. Contact Summit Lake State Park, (765) 766-5873