Governor announces plans to restore Morgan County Tree Nursery

By Steve King | 

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Steve Beshear announced plans to restore the Morgan County Tree Nursery, which was damaged in last year's March second tornadoes.

Morgan County Tree Nursery Superintendent, Charles Saunders, says he was happy when Governor Steve Beshear announced plans to restore the nursery on Friday.

"We will rebuild the nursery to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the production and processing of the more than 3 million tree seedlings each year. The nursery is an important resource for our forest industry, mine and stream reclamation efforts, and land owners say it impacts the regional economy all around Morgan County," said Governor Steve Beshear.

"It's been a long process to where 'Yes we're going to do it. No we're not going to do it. We're going to look into it' so I was excited to see that a decision has finally been made," said Saunders.

The Morgan County Judge Executive, Tim Conley, says a restored tree nursery will have a positive economic impact.

"I'm excited for the opportunity of our people still having jobs. It's not just the people in our county but it's the whole region as a whole," Judge Executive Conley said.

One official with the Division of Forestry says that after the tree nursery is restored, it could be better than it was before the tornado.

"We're going to have a nicer cooler to keep the seedlings fresher inside. We're going to have a better facility to where we can pack the seedlings more efficiently and spend less money during the processes and have a nicer facility for people to come in and pick their seedlings up," Saunders said.

Department of Forestry officials say they hope construction begins within the next two months. Officials say they hope plans for construction are finished in the next three weeks.

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