Growing towards a greener future in West Lafayette
The City of West Lafayette’s Community Forestry and Greenspace program aims to diversify its methods of urban tree planting and landscape restoration projects by constructing a municipal nursery to meet the impacts of the Emerald ash borer. Over the past four years, nearly 1,000 ash trees were removed within the city right-of-way, increasing short- and long-term reforestation needs. Within our park systems, the City continues to remove hazardous ash in forestlands, with reforestation and management plan needs. In Spring of 2021, The West Lafayette Tree Friends joined City efforts to launch the municipal nursery with our 30-40-50 Campaign, pledging to raise $50,000.00 towards the project.
In January of 2022, 14.7 acres were donated to the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Foundation to preserve agricultural land as greenspace and be the future home of the municipal nursery. Located off IN-26, just west of Purdue University campus, construction of the municipal nursery will begin in late 2022 and continue into 2023. The nursery will be comprised of tree nursery fields, a propagation greenhouse, and hoop houses. The greenhouse will not only grow trees but native plants for parkland restoration projects.
In Spring 2022, we reached our fundraising goal of $50,000.00 that will go towards site preparation for West Lafayette Municipal Nursery. Contributions towards the nursery project will support these initiatives to get the nursery off the ground. For continued support, visit the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Foundation here.