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Reforest The Hill

 

Over the past several issues of the bulletin, the Village has brought attention to the activities that students from Indian Hill High School and Cincinnati Country Day have completed in an effort toward Reforesting the Hill this spring. These efforts have established the groundwork for the Reforest the Hill campaign, a program created to sustain the foundation for the true heritage and character from which the Village’s Land Use Policies and Objectives were based upon.

Over the years, residents have made strides toward this same effort. In 1926, the charitable work of Dorothy Snowden and Stanley M. Rowe who started by planting 200 acres of country land with 4,700 two-year seedlings of Scotch pines, larch, tulip trees and red oaks presented to them by the State of Ohio “for the purpose of holding hillsides”. More than 9 acres of which still remain today off of Muchmore Road at the Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum. In addition, the foresight of the Forest Preserve Committee, a previous name of the Green Areas Advisory Committee, who in 1956 ordered 10,000 pine seedlings, tulip poplar and red gum for planting in the Village Green Areas.

It is with a dedication to conservation and to the protection of the environment that the Village is embarking on the next steps to reforest the Hill. Fall is the best time of year to plant trees. With the devastation of the Emerald Ash Borer and the loss of trees throughout the Village, this fall begins a concerted effort to begin replacing that which has been lost.

Please help to continue the efforts by becoming a sponsor. Please find the volunteer sponsor form inserted into this issue of the bulletin, which is also available online at the following link: www.ihill.org/reforest.

In her book, “It Was Fun”, Dorothy Snowden Rowe provided the following quote:

“Why don’t people plant a new tree every time one has to be removed? Everyone always says, ‘Washington is such a beautiful city’. Aren’t the vast number of trees, planted on every available bit of land, just as responsible for this impression as is the grandeur of the public buildings? When motorists admire a pretty little town, they don’t realize the architecture is no different from the other towns. It is the tree-lined streets which catch their admiration.”

– Dorothy Snowden Rowe