So Why Should We Be Concerned About
Planting Trees In Central Indiana?
canopy coverage in half of Central Indiana’s cities and
towns is well under 32%, several as low as 20%, while
the recommended cover rate for livable, sustainable
communities should be at least
Million not only strives to increase the canopy, it also
seeks to improve the community's quality of life. Trees
are indicators of a community's health. With rich,
permeable soil and an abundant tree canopy cover,
ecosystem services such as reduced storm water runoff,
improved air and water quality, storage and removal of
atmospheric carbon, and reduced energy consumption (due
to direct shading of buildings),
Indiana is also one of the nation’s largest
suppliers of hardwood lumber. In order to continue this
role, reforestation is needed in many of our counties to
provide for future timber production.
Fragmentation of forestland and wildlife
corridors is happening at an alarming rate due to
development and the infrastructure needed to support a
growing population. Strategic tree planting in suburban
and rural areas can help link these riparian and
forested corridors, making a significant impact in the
environmental benefits we receive from trees.
is particularly important considering Central Indiana includes two of
the fastest growing counties in the nation (Hendricks
and Hamilton). Development and urban sprawl are
occurring at an alarming rate. We have less park area,
green space, and tree canopy cover than most comparable
major metropolitan areas in the country.
Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation &
Heartland, a nonprofit organization of volunteers, is
partnering with the ten Soil and Water Conservation
Districts in Central Indiana, as well as
other like-minded organizations and local businesses, to
make this project happen. Since 1969, Hoosier Heartland
has successfully carried out over 600 projects to
improve the quality of life in Central Indiana.
You can help
make good things happen in your community! Many
dedicated volunteers, organizations, and businesses make
Hoosier Heartland successful. To join the RC&D
organization, or to donate to the cause, please contact
the RC&D Council office at 317-290-3250 or contact
your county's local Soil & Water Conservation
District and get involved!