Keep Ohio Beautiful Celebrated Arbor Day in Ohio with our annual
Great Ohio Planting Day at Deer Creek State Park
Park benefits with 60 trees planted in honor of Arbor Day
Keep Ohio Beautiful hosted its annual Great Ohio Planting Day, to celebrate Arbor Day in Ohio, on Friday, April 26, at Deer Creek State Park’s campground in Mt. Sterling. Native Ohio hardwoods were planted around the campground.
Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) worked together along with 75 volunteers to beautify and enhance the campground at Deer Creek State Park by planting 60 new trees in honor of Arbor Day.
Participating organizations included State Auto Insurance Companies, Circleville High School students, Friends of Deer Creek, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Washington Courthouse Tree Commission.
Funding for the project was awarded to KOB through State Auto Insurance Companies. Local sponsors of this year’s event included Davey Resource Group, Pickaway County Visitors Bureau, Great Ohio Lodges, Friends of Deer Creek, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Goodie bags for participants were provided by ODNR, KOB, and State Auto Insurance Companies and lunch was provided by Great Ohio Lodges.
“Davey Resource Group is pleased to be involved in such a worthwhile event. This partnership results in trees being planted at Deer Creek State Park,” said Karen Wise, Keep Ohio Beautiful board past president and Davey VP of Environmental Consulting. “Planting nearly 60 trees is a critical first step to replacing the park’s trees lost to the emerald ash borer.”
Each year, Keep Ohio Beautiful celebrates Great Ohio Planting Day on Arbor Day to provide a hands-on educational program, which demonstrates how to properly prepare a planting site, plant and care for a tree.