ASHLAND, Ky. (WOWK) – With warmer weather setting in, now is the time to start growing your outdoor plants. In celebration of Arbor Day, Kentucky Power hosted an event to help bring back some of the larger plants lost earlier this year.
The ice storms that came through the tri-state destroyed not only power lines but also many trees in the process. Trees fell over power lines, forcing tree service crews to cut them down.
Kentucky Power is hoping to replace some of this lost greenery by giving away free saplings.
Cars were lined up in Central Park early Saturday morning, and while there were more than 1,000 saplings available, they went by fast.
Amanda Clark, Ashland City Commissioner and Kentucky Power spokesperson, said they “gave away 1,200 trees in a little more than twenty minutes.” Clark also said, when looking for saplings, they took into consideration the issue of future power line damages.
These are trees that are not going to interfere with the power lines when you plant them on your property.Amanda Clark, Ashland City Commissioner and Kentucky Power spokesperson
For those who live in Boyd County, the ice storms really took a toll on the area.
Local non-profit organization “Build Ashland” board member Diamond Lewis said seeing such a turnout means the community is ready to give back.
They’re still stepping up and helping us beautify our area. They’re doing four different locations from Ashland to Whitesburg, to Hazard, to Pikeville, and that’s a lot of saplings going out.Diamond Lewis, Build Ashland board member
Kentucky Power also said they hope to host another event like this in the Fall. That date has not been released yet.