MOUNT VERNON — The tree planting program planned for Coshocton Avenue has been expanded to replacing the ash trees at the county health department and planting trees along the entrance to the Knox County Jail, Mayor Richard Mavis announced Friday.
Mavis said retired city employee Fred Fogle is working as a volunteer organizing the project, which was originally to run from the Center Run bridge to Upper Gilchrist Road. Fogle is working with property owners on where to locate trees, and what types or ornamental and shade trees to plant.
The health department and the jail are both county property, but are within the city. The health department has trees, but they are ash trees and are already under attack by the emerald ash borer and two trees have already been removed by the health department.
Trees will only be planted on the south side of the road to the jail, as numerous utilities are located on the north side.
Mavis said the total number of trees to be planted is yet to be determined, although about 80 will be on the county properties, but they hope to do the plantings in October and November.
The project is financed by the Ariel Foundation.
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