McDonald's Donates 500 Trees to Taylor Fork Ecological Area

Tree planting photo

The Taylor Fork Ecological Area on the south side of the Eastern Kentucky University campus received a recent boost from McDonald’s of Richmond.

McDonald’s donated 500 bur oaks to the University as part of the National Arbor Day celebration. Student and faculty volunteers were on hand to plant the trees on Thursday, April 17.

The trees “are a vital component of the ecological restoration of Taylor Fork,” said Dr. David Brown, manager of the Taylor Fork Ecological Area. “We’re restoring it from pasture to native habitats, including large patches of forest, a process that will take many years. If we don’t plant native trees such as bur oak, the forest will be dominated by invasive non-native trees and shrubs, including red mulberry, bush honeysuckle and Bradford pear.”

Brown said he was “extremely grateful” for the contribution. “In this case, a local business was able to buy some trees, and our students were able to plant them. It’s nice to see this collaboration that benefits the environment and our community.”

The 60-acre Taylor Fork site was conceived by students in EKU’s Wildlife Management Program and developed as a site for learning, research and restoration. Financial support has been provided by the University, Bluegrass PRIDE, Sheltowee Environmental Education Coalition, USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

The Richmond campus of EKU has been designated a Tree Campus USA.

Published on April 21, 2014