Lexmark Lends a Hand

On a sunny April morning, volunteers from Lexmark International arrived at the Sally Brown Nature Preserve with shovels in tow, ready and willing to help Conservancy staff in their efforts to restore the Palisades region.

Working with Conservancy staff, Lexmark designed a plan to help offset the environmental impact of internal testing for its new OfficeEdge Series of business inkjets, which were introduced in January.  Lexmark estimates 3,000 trees were consumed during required pre-launch testing to ensure high quality and reliability of the product.  The company is doubling the number by donating 6,000 trees to The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky.

Chris Minor, a TNC staff member, informs volunteers of the plan for the day.

Volunteers from Lexmark International planted over 1,000 trees at our Sally Brown and Jim Beam Nature Preserves, located in Garrard County on April 25, 2012.  The other trees will be planted by Conservancy staff and preserve monitors at other locations around Central Kentucky in the coming weeks.

Lexmark Employees gear up for a day of hard work at the Sally Brown and Jim Beam Nature Preserves.

The planting efforts are a component of a larger restoration project which seeks to eradicate invasive species and plant native trees such as rough leaf dogwoods, redbuds and persimmons to restore the forest understory back to its original condition.  In March, Conservancy staff utilized a skid-steer machine to eradicate 10 acres of Bush Honeysuckle from the Jim Beam and Crutcher Nature Preserves. A team from Americorps followed suit by applying herbicide to the cleared areas to ensure the invasives do not resprout.

These areas look a little rough right now, what with all the clearing and cutting efforts.  However, the work will play an instrumental role in restoring the native landscapes on these preserves.