Lindalee has been a FLOW volunteer since 2011. She has served on the board, has volunteered for several projects and has been the newsletter editor for the past 5 years. Linda Lee is also the Arbor Chairman for Old Beechwold, which has a ravine, creek, and woodlands and is a master gardener with a special interest in native plants and woodlands.
Lindalee has a lifelong interest in nature, something learned from her father. As a child, her best toy was the creek behind her house.
Lindalee also volunteers for Gethsemane Lutheran Church helping the elderly and families in need.
We so appreciate all the work Lindalee has done with FLOW and the watershed.
Our volunteer for the month of May is Joe Bevan!
Joe started volunteering with FLOW senior year of high school in the Water Quality Monitoring Program. He has continued to volunteer with FLOW on many different projects throughout the years. Joe was critical in assisting FLOW with creating the Lower Olentangy Greenspace Plan.
Joe says he volunteers with FLOW for the trees and for the bugs and especially for the people. If you have had the honor of volunteering with Joe, you know his drive to complete a task, as well as his sense of humor, keeps one motivated when planting hundreds of trees in one morning!
Joe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University and works at AEP as a GIS Specialist.
FLOW could not accomplish all we do without great volunteers like Joe!
Paul Miller is our volunteer of the month for March!
Paul has been a consistent volunteer with FLOW for over a year and is known as our “Chainsaw Guy”. Paul is chainsaw certified and has been integral in our honeysuckle and invasive species removal throughout the Olentangy Watershed.
In addition to his chainsaw skills, Paul has participated in river clean ups, tree plantings and is an active member on FLOW’s Science and Zoning Committee while also assisting with fundraising for our April Earth Day events.
Paul enjoys volunteering with FLOW in order to get outdoor exercise while doing good for the community and the world. He states he has met some great like minded people and finds the work uplifting and encouraging.
Paul is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in architecture from the department of engineering. He is currently the lead Architect working with the Worthington Schools revitalization project at Schorr Architects.
Paul enjoys bee keeping, kayaking, hiking, biking and working outside and is also active in the Worthington community with other organizations.
FLOW couldn’t accomplish all that we do without great volunteers like Paul. Thanks for your passion and dedication!
*Article and Photos by Adrien DeLapp
October 2018, FLOW planted more than 100 trees between a variety of schools, including Gables, Maize, and Salem Elementary as well as Hamilton Stem Academy. Against all odds (cold, rain, and mud) these tree plantings were a success thanks to the efforts of Nisource, the Columbus Young Professionals, and other volunteers.
The transition from summer to fall is beautiful to witness. During this time of year, the temperature is comfortable and the leaves take on a spectrum of warm hues. However, late August to the end of October is also the optimal time to plant trees. One reason why is that the air is cooler than the soil this time of year. This encourages root growth without top growth, thus young trees are able to develop a sturdy root system before growing upward. Additionally, the moderate temperature and fall rain help the tree to hold in moisture, reduce the risk of it undergoing heat stress, and give it the required support to grow during the spring season. While some trees are easiest to grow in the spring, for many deciduous trees fall is the best time to plant.
Once a person knows what season to start planting, they’re going to need some tools to prepare. Assuming they’ve got a hole and a tree already, they’ll need a shovel, wire cutters, stakes, a stake pounder, and tree tie. Also, they should make sure that they’ve got 2 or 3 other people helping out, as even the smallest trees can have heavy root balls. The first step FLOW volunteers take when planting trees is removing any plastic ties or sacks on the trunk. Next, volunteers carefully roll the tree into the hole. After that, it’s time to cut the burlap sack covering the root ball. Volunteers use a wire cutter to remove the wire from outside of the sack, then remove the nails holding the sack together. After this, it is safe to bury the burlap sack along with the tree. Once the soil is distributed so as to fill in the hole, it’s time to mulch the tree. It is important to make sure to pull back the soil and mulch from the base of the tree trunk so that the root ball is exposed, as this helps the roots to absorb water and exchange necessary gases with the environment. Now it’s time to stake. Staking is done by pulling a stake pounder over the head and then ramming it over a stake. This is best done using your body weight to propel the pounder unto the stake. It is helpful to use the two stakes to straighten out the tree, if necessary. Finally, the tree should be tied to the stakes. Knots should be tight and wrapped around the grooves in the stakes so as to reduce the risk of the tie slipping. It is recommended that the planter leave extra tie so that there is enough to retie the tree if the knots come undone. Lastly, safely dispose of all waste, including any plastic, extra burlap, wire, or nails. After this process, the first steps have been taken towards planting a tree that will benefit the environment, the neighborhood, and the lives of individuals for years to come.
Five Reasons to Plant a Tree:
- Trees Absorb and Release into the Environment
This not only helps people to breathe, but in the long run, helps to combat climate change.
- Trees Improve Air and Water Quality
Trees absorb pollutants in the air and reduce runoff. Trees also reduce evaporation on shady lawns and release moisture into the air.
- Trees Reduce the Temperature
This helps keep the city cool on hot summer days and decreases the amount of energy used on air conditioning.
- Trees Increase Property Values
Trees can increase the property value of a neighborhood and attract business traffic.
- Trees Improve Health
It has been proven that trees help sick or injured people to heal. Trees are also good for mental health and well-being and help to reduce violence.