When we started the Galloway Patriot we had put some Galloway facts in the first issue. As we were researching Galloway history, we noticed that historians were unsure of how Galloway got its name. We feel that like many places in America, Galloway’s name is derived from a location in England. In the case of Galloway, it makes sense that our township is named after Britain’s/Scotland’s largest forest park, The Galloway Forest Park. Galloway Forest Park covers three hundred square miles and includes moorland and lochs. It extends from seashore to mountain tops and is a habitat for a variety of plants and animals.
One could reason that those who named Galloway Township did so due to its dense forests which provided a sharp contrast to the nearby coastal areas.

Galloway has a great rural appeal while still providing immediate access to beaches, casinos, major highways, and regional shopping. All of these urban type amenities which also include an international airport have an effect on Galloway’s “countryside – village” image. Planning growth in a city or township is complex and inherently difficult as it requires finding a balance between building homes, the businesses necessary to accommodate them, and preserving natural surroundings.

One of the best ways to improve Galloway’s appearance and rural appeal is to increase vegetation like trees, bushes, flowers, and other plants. The enormous benefits derived from more trees and plants can be immediately noticed.

Last month we wrote about a program that immediately increases Galloway’s tree population by 100 or more trees. Kevin Davis of Kev’s Property Care offered a free tree to the first 100 Galloway Resident’s that called him. Kevin would even plant the tree for you. If you didn’t take advantage of this program don’t worry. Kevin has more trees. You can also get all sorts of trees, bushes, and flowers at local nurseries like Mystical Enchantment on Route 9 in the Smithville section of Galloway.

We all need to do our part to plant more vegetation in Galloway. Tony Coppola and I helped Kevin with some planting and plan to continue our strong support for a green Galloway. We want to make Galloway greener and sustainable for our children. It’s important to be forward thinking and preserve nature for our children.

We don’t want to just talk about ways to make Galloway greener. We want to take action. This is why the free tree program exists. Obviously, The Galloway Patriot and other newspapers depend heavily on sustainable, renewable sources of material. The Galloway Patriot is printed on recycled paper using ink made from soy based products. Technology allows us to be more conservation conscious than ever before. The newspaper industry has largely moved away from paper made from tree pulp. Much newspaper is made from very fast growing and easily sustainable eucalyptus plants.

Conservation efforts have made a big difference. Read this excerpt from the “Mother Nature Network”. “In the United States, which contains 8 percent of the world’s forests, there are more trees than there were 100 years ago. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “Forest growth nationally has exceeded harvest since the 1940s. By 1997, forest growth exceeded harvest by 42 percent and the volume of forest growth was 380 percent greater than it had been in 1920.” The greatest gains have been seen on the East Coast (with average volumes of wood per acre almost doubling since the ’50s) which was the area most heavily logged by European settlers beginning in the 1600s, soon after their arrival.”

This is great news and shows that we can make a difference. Typically, people tend to plant better trees than were previously present. That means that we have more oak, maple, other hardwood, and evergreen trees providing long lasting benefits.

Jaime and I have planted more than 100 trees on our property alone in just 6 years. We also plant many bushes, flowers, and plants. We find it interesting and rewarding when we see how quickly our efforts change the ecosystem. The larger variety of plants brings a larger variety of birds, insects, animals, and bees. All of which are necessary for a healthy and growing landscape. It is much more pleasurable to look out our windows and see lush green trees all year around instead of fences.

We hope that you will help us to improve Galloway’s landscape. Please plant a few trees, bushes, and perennial flowers this spring. You can get your first free tree from Kevin by calling 609-513-2809.

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