In support of these observances, 4-H clubs around Kentucky and across the nation have an opportunity to participate in a unique community service project with an international scope.
The project called 4-H Million Trees kicked off in 2009 by recruiting 4-H’ers from around the country and Canada to collectively plant one million trees in North America by 2011. More than 103,000 trees have been planted so far. Organizers say this spring is critical to the success of the project and invite all 4-H clubs and units to organize tree-planting events. Project leaders have partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to help 4-H clubs obtain seedlings at a low cost. Participants also are encouraged to contact local Master Gardener programs and natural resources agencies for additional information about obtaining materials and how and where to plant the trees. In Kentucky on Thursday, April 22, the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will give away trees as long as supplies last.
The 4-H Million Trees project offers multiple benefits for both 4-H’ers and their communities. Trees improve local air quality and add beauty to urban, suburban and rural neighborhoods. Shade trees help cool buildings which reduces the use of electricity for air conditioning. New trees also help replace those lost to deforestation worldwide.
Participants learn how to make a positive contribution to their communities by working in partnership with Cooperative Extension, 4-H, individuals, businesses, schools, other community groups and local government. One powerful lesson is that tremendous results that can be achieved through teamwork.
For more information about 4-H Million Trees, visit the website http://www.4hmilliontrees.org. For information about 4-H community service projects in your area, contact the Logan County Cooperative Extension Service.
Source: Jennifer Lynn, extension specialist for 4-H youth developmen