Little Forks Conservancy has teamed up with City of Midland Parks and Recreation to help revitalize the forested areas at Washington Woods Senior Living Community. The invasive Emerald Ash Borer killed off most of the trees in the woods there, leaving them barren. With the help of former Little Forks easement owner Blanche Stark, a resident at Washington Woods, Little Forks facilitated an agreement between the City’s Parks and Recreation department and Washington Woods management to re-plant trees and shrubs so that current and future residents may once again enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by nature for years to come.
“Blanche chose to live at Washington Woods because when she looked out the window, it reminded her of the 70-acre farm she had previously called home,” said Andrea Foster, conservation outreach coordinator at Little Forks. “With the trees gone, that feeling of being around nature was gone with it. Blanche is like family, and we care about our community and our city’s natural resources. This was a great opportunity to make connections in this community that in turn benefit residents and loved ones at no cost to the facility.”
Added Lori Jung, Assistant Manager of Senior Housing at Washington Woods: “I’m very thankful to the Little Forks Conservancy and the City of Midland for taking the lead on this project! The residents are thrilled with the new planting and are looking forward to watching the trees and shrubs grow from their windows.”