FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky State Parks are planting more than 10,600 trees this spring at parks around the state under a grant.


Odwalla, a juice and food company, provided the state parks with a $9,500 grant based on an online voting contest held a few years ago as part of the company’s “Plant a Tree” program.


Parks have started planting the trees this spring with the help of volunteer groups.


“We’re using these funds to replace trees we’ve lost in storms as well as filling in areas to provide shade,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. “We appreciate the funding for the trees and the great volunteers who are helping us plant these trees.”


The parks planting trees include: Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Taylorsville Lake State Park, Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, General Butler State Resort Park, John James Audubon State Park, Lake Barkley State Resort Park, My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Wickliffe Mounds State Park, Kenlake State Resort Park, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Carter Caves State Resort Park, Natural Bridge State Resort Park, and Pennyrile Forest State Resort park.


The state park effort is part of Kentucky’s 20/20 Vision for Reforestation, a plan by the Kentucky Division of Forestry to plant 20 million trees over the next 20 years. Kentucky’s 20/20 Vision for Reforestation is part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s efforts to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor recently launched kyhealthnow as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to significantly reduce incidence and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies, like a well-balanced environment, over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health.

For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov





The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov





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