The process of diversifying the tree species on our grounds started in 2009 with installation of the first Memorial Trees.
The task has been challenging as our grounds
were strip mined for phosphorus several decades ago and our soil conditions are
poor. The task of finding a match between suitable soils and tree species
requires considerable time and effort. In addition to planting, the
application for Certified Arboretum status was a significant task. It is
important to recognize Dylan Raines' months of work in preparing the TUFC
application for his Eagle Scout project. Each species had to be
identified and properly labeled. Dylan raised considerable funds to pay
the cost of labels and mulch. He organized a Scout workday bringing a
large number of Boy Scouts to the church to mulch and prepare our grounds for
the TUFC inspection. Seeing a large number of Scouts working (and
enjoying themselves) on our church grounds in their support of Dylan's Eagle
Project was a thrill in itself.
Our property totals 13
acres. With the exception of the parking lot, immediate grounds enclosed
by the paved areas, the Pavilion, labyrinth, Boy Scout structure, the outdoor
classroom/pond; our remaining surface area is rarely used. We hope the
Certified Arboretum status will increase interest in our property and encourage
utilization for educational and recreational purposes.