Native trees planted for a Greener Tomorrow

Ripley County, IN — The Ripley County Community Foundation was out and about in the county on Earth Day Thursday to plant native Indiana trees along in parks across Ripley County. And on April 30th and May 4, they, along with an army of volunteers will plant pollinator gardens for a Greener Tomorrow.

Ripley Youth Outreach, a philanthropic initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation, received an Enbridge Grant in the amount of $10,200 to support a new project called, Pollinator Gardens and Trees for a Greener Tomorrow. The project will bring together students, community volunteers, and local business partners to install pollinator gardens and plant trees around Ripley County on Arbor Day (April 30, 2021).

A portion of the $10,200 will provide approximately three hundred indigenous trees native to Ripley County, such as White Pine, Redbud, Maple, Pear, and Apple. The remaining funding will be used to install three to four pollinator gardens, which will include butterfly bushes, milkweed, and flowering native trees.

Ripley Youth Outreach plans to sell these trees for $25.00 each to plant in honor or memory of a loved one on Arbor Day. The proceeds raised will be used to create a permanent endowment fund that will support local environmental projects in Ripley County now and forever.

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