Fort Phil Kearny, Sheridan College, Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites and Volunteers Plant Trees
Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site will plant 10 new trees in the Interpretive Center Picnic Area as a result of a partnership between Sheridan College, Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites, and Fort Phil Kearny Volunteer “Site Host” Heather Dina.
Dina approached Zack Houck, Sheridan College Grounds Department Supervisor, as part of her research into acquiring trees for the Fort. Her goal was to locate trees that would survive the vulnerable landscape of the Fort area and that could be acquired as economically as possible.
“We have to think creatively when it comes to planning ‘extras’ for the site,” said Fort Phil Kearny Superintendent Misty Stoll, “Heather’s efforts have yielded us a major site improvement that, with the generosity of the college and partnering sites, isn’t hitting our budget almost at all.”
On Thursday, August 29, Hot Springs State Park Staff will arrive at Fort Phil Kearny to plant the trees and see that they are installed properly for the best chances of surviving. The Park’s staff horticulturalist has supervised the planting of hundreds of trees over the past few years at Hot Springs.
“It’s so exciting to see everyone come together for this project. I’m so thankful for everyone who’s part of it, and couldn’t have done it alone,” said Stoll.
Trail End Historic Site is loaning equipment for the project as well. Sheridan College’s contribution is in addition to landscaping donations made to Fort Phil Kearny from Landon’s Greenhouse of Sheridan and Desava Greenhouse of Buffalo.
Ed and Heather Dina are Professional Volunteers who travel the country in their RV. Their time at Fort Phil Kearny lasted 60 days, where Ed gave guided tours of the Fort and Battlefields and Heather assisted in maintenance and improvements of the grounds and worked in the Gift Shop.
Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site, also a National Historic Landmark, is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is located at 528 Wagon Box Rd in Banner, Wyoming. For more information call (307) 684-7629