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Celebrate Earth Day with BARK

April 2, 2010
Times Leader

BARNESVILLE - The Barnesville Area Reforestation Kommittee (BARK) is seeking volunteers for the eighth annual BARK tree planting set for Saturday, April 17 at 10 a.m. located north of Barnesville off Ohio 800 and township road 801 (Behind the Jehovah's Witnesses Hall ) on land reclaimed by Jeffco Resources. Orange arrow signs will be posted the day of the planting from the center of town to planting site.

The reclamation that is being done on this particular site is be reclaimed according to the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) approach," said BARK member Nathan Taylor of the Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District. "With the ARRI approach the roughly five acre site will have a better medium for the tree seedlings to grow."

The ARRI is a cooperative effort among Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virgina, and West Virgina, The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement; their partners in industry; environmental organizations, academia; local, State, and Federal government agencies; and local citizens. The main two goals of ARRI is to plant more high-value hardwood trees on reclaimed coal mined lands in Appalachia and increase the survival rates and growth rates of planted trees.

BARK volunteers, young and old, need no previous planting experience. Kommittee members will explain planting procedures the day of the event and planting equipment will be provided by the committee. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring boots and gloves. We encourage youth to participate, but ask that children have adequate supervision.

Free t-shirts will be given to volunteers, while supplies last. Refreshments will be served and lunch will be provided by the Barnesville Kiwanis.

Signs will be posted to planting site from Barnesville using orange signage.

In 2008, BARK received The Excellence in Reforestation Award for exemplary performance using the ARRI forestry reclamation approach. In 2006, BARK was also recognized by the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce for their outstanding service to the community. BARK, with help of numerous community groups and volunteers, has planted over 28,000 trees on reclaimed mine land around Barnesville.

BARK Kommitee member are Marie Bundy, Shelley Rockwell, Jim and Paula Grear, Jeremy Scherf, Service Forester with Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, and Nathan Taylor Wildlife/Forestry Specialist with Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District.

To donate to the BARK tree planting checks can be mailed to Jim Grear (BARK) 501 East Main Street. Barnesville, Ohio 43713

For additional questions and further directions to the site contact any BARK member or Nathan Taylor, Wildlife/Forestry Specialist at 740-526-0027.



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