Park Naturalist and Recreation Director Jenny Howard said, “These trees come from Kentucky Department of Forestry nurseries that are in jeopardy of being shut down due to the Kentucky Budget. It would be a shame if that happened, because the Arbor Day give-away and other programs use trees that come from these nurseries.”
Mark York of the Cabinet for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection said that the two state nurseries, one in Marshall County and the second in Morgan County, would continue to offer normal business operation until at least June 2010. He added that seedlings grew now and would need to be sold next year.
York added that the nursery program has lost $2.3 million since fiscal year 2000. “Last year it cost $481,000 more to operate than we took in to sell seedlings.” He said that seedlings had been provided to state parks, conservation and civic groups and conservation districts for planting at no cost.
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