Brent Devitt, Beavercreek resident, did it again. This year, he planted 234 trees and 22 shrubs in local parks. Devitt took his love of trecycling to help nature after a four day- 250 miles peddling adventure from Beavercreek to Cincinnati then up to Bellefontaine back to Beavercreek. His goal is to replenish as many fallen ash trees as possible.
During his recumbent trike adventure through Southwest Ohio, from the lowest point in Ohio on the Ohio River to the highest point in Bellefontaine, he sat out to raise awareness for the fallen ash trees and the need for restoration. Devitt replaced a portion of ash trees that were lost by the Emerald Ash Borer with other Ohio native trees in local parks to keep the beautiful luster that park lovers crave.
“I’ve been riding a trecycle for the last six years and I’m really enjoying it. I also joined the Trail Sentinels at Xenia Station, which really helps,” Devitt said. “Since joining their group, I’ve been looking for different adventures, new places to ride, and new trails to explore.”
Devitt’s inspiration for this trip was derived from meeting UK’s world traveler and adventurer, David Cornthwaite, who was a presenter three years ago during the Adventure Summit at Wright State University. The event featured outdoor activities and adventures, such as hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, tight ropes, camping, etc. Cornthwaite was in the lobby selling copies of his latest book when Devitt approached him. Cornthwaite explained that his inspiration came from a skateboarding trip he took while in Australia years ago. Since then, he’s kayaked, rode a tandem bike, swam the Missouri River, stand-up paddle boarding and rode a whik (a bike with a sail), as well as others. Cornthwaite told Devitt of his travels and desire to consult and help 200 other adventurers with raising funds through their own adventures to help replenish a million trees throughout the United States. With the advice of Cornthwaite, Devitt began his exhibition and continues.
Last year, Devitt followed the 333 mile Ohio to Erie Trail and supported the planting of 56 native trees and shrubs in city, metro, county, state and national parks along the route. This year, he plans to visit parks and plant trees in Yellow Springs, Bellefontaine, Urbana, Loveland and Cincinnati. Currently, he has nearly exceeded his monetary goal of $1,000. But, the more he can raise, the more trees that can be circulated back into nature.
“The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) threatens to kill most of the 8.7 billion ash trees throughout North America. It’s estimated that the borer will have caused $10 billion in economic damage by 2019,” Devitt says.
Devitt hopes his adventure and dedication to replant trees, inspires others to take their own adventure. Devitt feels there is no person too old to enjoy the wonders of the world in the manner they please- from hiking, boating, biking, canoeing or whatever adventures moves the soul.
For more information visit his Facebook page.