Native species will be showcased along nature trai


Shovel-ready project: Covance employees Shawn Heidel, Ken Gould, Jim Poling and Paul Bongen work together to plant a Hackberry tree at Beckenholdt Park. The effort is part of a bigger project to get most of Indiana's 101 native tree species planted at the park. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

A good soaking: Greenfield Park Department employee Josh Gentry waters a tree that was planted in Beckenholdt Park by volunteers from Covance. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — A walk at Beckenholdt Park that will be lined with native trees took 10 steps closer to completion Wednesday, when a group of volunteers planted 10 Hoosier specimens on the nature park’s northwest side.

Greenfield Parks Department officials ultimately want one of each of Indiana’s 101 native species showcased along the walking trail at the park. They’re two-thirds of the way there, with 65 young trees gracing the winding path.

“I think it’ll be really nice, especially when these trees get bigger,” said Mary Haaser, one of the 15 or so volunteers from Covance who planted the trees.

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