Going Green

TAKING CARE of the land that takes care of us.

Thursday is Earth Day, when Americans from coast to coast recognize the importance of our environment. Along those lines, the Barnesville Area Reforestation Kommittee staged its seventh annual tree planting Saturday. Some 200 volunteers donated their time, effort and passion to keep five acres of land in western Belmont County green.

The workers planted more than 3,400 trees. The trees consisted of yellow poplar, chestnut and American plum, all of which will produce food for wildlife. We see that as a good thing.

BARK is part of the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, a cooperative effort to plant hardwood trees on reclaimed coal-mined land and increase the survival and growth rates of those planted trees.

Thanks to BARK, the landscape in the Barnesville area has undergone a major and positive facelift. The group has planted more than 28,000 trees on reclaimed mine near the Pumpkin town.

Such an undertaking has a major impact on the scenic beauty of the area while aiding the environment and also providing food for wildlife. The BARK event is a win-win-win scenario.

For that we commend BARK and all the volunteers who made Saturday’s planting come to fruition.

Also in line for a green thumbs up is Anthony Mining, a division of Jeffco Resources, sponsors of this year’s event. Without its support, such an endeavor would be hard pressed to take place. Prior to Saturday, Oxford Mining sponsored the planting. We commend it for also being environmental friendly.

Going Green is not just a saying anymore, but rather a way of life, one that yields a healthier existence. Events like the one BARK has nurtured in the Barnesville area will hopefully blossom into similar plantings throughout the Ohio Valley.