Posted by Roger Rollins on May 10, 2018
Rescheduled for May 13, 2018.  Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and Athens Sunrise Rotary will be planting trees along the banks of the Hocking River near the Columbus Road Hockhocking-Adena bikeway spur to help with stream bank reforesting efforts.  Also, Athens Rotary and Nelsonville Rotary have joined in support of this effort.
 
Rotary Tree planting:  May 13 2018.
 
Time:  Planting will begin at 12:00 pm and will last until approximately 4:00 pm.
 
Sign-up:  Volunteers interested in helping with this event can use the web-form to SIGN-UP HERE.
 
Directions to the tree planting site:
Note:  The bridge over the river on the bike path spur (near the AceNet building) is closed, so we cannot get to the tree planting site from the Columbus Rd. side of the river.  Thus, volunteers interested in helping with this event must approach the site from Armitage Road.  
From Downtown Athens:  Take Union St. to SR 682.  Turn right onto 682, cross RR Tracks, and then turn right onto Armitage Road toward Little Fish Brewing Co.  Travel to the end of Armitage Road.  You will see the bike trail, rail road tracks, and a couple old RR Box Cars.  Cross the bike trail, cross the RR, and head into the field, the gate to the tree planting area will be open.  (With GPS, entering address 10002 Armitage Rd. should take you to the gate.)
 
Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear and to bring water, work gloves, and a shovel if you have one.
 
If you would like to make a donation in lieu of planting trees, please let Dave Simon at Simond1044@gmail.com know  and arrangements can be made.  Any donation would be appreciated!
 
Athens Water Treatment plant director Shawn Beasley is implementing a management plan that identifies “no-mow” areas in the Athens wellfields along the Hocking River. This “no-mow” area is primed and ready to receive trees, to give this section a boost in successional reforesting.
The floodplain will be planted with approximately 900 trees during this event, including Hazelnut, Swamp Chestnut Oak, River Birch, Sycamore, and other trees, that are more tolerant to frequency flooding and wildlife grazing. 
Reforesting this section of the riparian corridor will be conducted in a multi-year plan starting downstream and working upstream towards the bikeway bridge that crosses the Hocking River. This section of the river is ever-changing and endures frequent flooding events, as witnessed over the past year.
Vegetated riparian corridors provide bank stability, habitat for wildlife, cooling shade, plus all the added benefits that trees provide naturally, like carbon sequestration, cleaner air, as well as being visually refreshing on the landscape.
 
Rotary International president Ian H.S. Riseley issued a challenge last year: for Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees – one for every Rotarian in the world – between July 2017, when he took office as president of Rotary International, and Earth Day, April 22, 2018. The Rotary Clubs of Athens, Athens Sunrise, and Nelsonville are embracing that challenge and will be planting at least one tree for each member of the three clubs at this event.
 
Much of the information in this story is from a press release by the Voinivich School's Jen Bowman forwarded to me by Pres. Mike Noel.