Westfield Washington Township planted 5,000 trees at MacGregor Park earlier this month as part of a 15-acre wetland mitigation project. The trees were originally cleared by a local developer to make room for a development project in Indianapolis within the White River Watershed.
“Our MacGregor Park is an ideal place for this mitigation project because of the poorly-drained soil conditions resulting from the former agricultural fields,” Westfield Washington Township Trustee Danielle Carey Tolan stated in a press release sent to Current. “This is a huge benefit for our community and will tremendously enhance the already beautiful MacGregor Park.”
The park was selected for the trees due to having open fields that were no longer farmed, was within the watershed and had right soil types.
“With this project, we were able to get 15 acres replanted with high-quality, containerized native trees and shrubs that might otherwise not have been accomplished. Because the tree planting is regulated by a permit, it will be protected in perpetuity,” Tolan stated.
The trees were installed at no cost to the park. As the trees mature, they provide benefits to the park, including water quality enhancements, flood control, groundwater discharge, wildlife habitat, erosion control, aesthetics and environmental education opportunities.
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