Great Ohio Planting Day

Keep Ohio Beautiful Davey Resources Group

2017 Great Ohio Planting Day

Celebrate Arbor Day at the Great
Ohio Planting Day at Mohican State Park
Families are invited to celebrate Arbor Day by participating in the Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) annual Great Ohio Planting Day on Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. at Mohican State Park.
Columbia Gas of Ohio, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Mohican Lodge and Conference Center, Mohican Trails Club and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) are inviting the public to help ODNR staff and volunteers to beautify and enhance the Class A campground at Mohican State Park, which was recently impacted by the emerald ash borer.
To improve the Class A campground, people will plant 108 new trees in honor of Arbor Day.  All necessary equipment and supplies will be provided at the event. Staff from sponsoring agencies will be assisting volunteers in digging holes and planting trees. In addition to tree plantings, the Arbor Day celebrations will include a hike and naturalist-led activities for participants of all ages at the park. The event will be held at the Class A campground of Mohican State Park, located at 3116 State Route 3 in Loudonville.
Funding and in-kind support for the project was awarded to KOB through Columbia Gas of Ohio’s Columbia Cares Community Engagement Program, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Mohican Lodge and Conference Center, Mohican Trails Club and ODNR. Coffee and doughnuts will be available during registration, compliments of the Mohican Trail Club. After the trees have been planted, lunch will be provided by the Mohican Lodge and Conference Center.

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City of Alliance and Keep Alliance Beautiful team up with Keep Ohio Beautiful for our annual Great Ohio Planting Day

Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) is hosting our annual Great Ohio Planting Day – “City of Alliance Gateway Greening  and Tree Planting Project” on Friday, April 29, at the City of Alliance Gateway Sign located at North Union Avenue (Route 225) and Diehl Court (Route 183).   Join us, Alliance Shade Tree Commission, City of Alliance, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Keep Alliance Beautiful, and University of Mount Union as we beautify and enhance one of Alliance’s main thoroughfares.   On Friday, April 29, we will also celebrate Arbor Day in Ohio.  The event will be kicked off at 10:30 a.m. with remarks from City and other representatives followed by planting at 11:00 a.m.

Keep Ohio Beautiful, along with our partners listed above, will collaborate with The Davey Tree Expert Company.  “Davey is pleased to be involved in such a worthwhile event. This partnership results in 28 trees and shrubs being planted at Alliance’s northern gateway. A planting of this size will make a tangible difference to the community, and the trees will provide numerous public health benefits such as cleaner air, stormwater mitigation, increased property values, and overall aesthetics” said KOB board member and Davey Regional Operations  Manager Karen Wise.

“The project team including Keep Alliance Beautiful, Keep Ohio Beautiful, The Davey Tree Expert Co, Shade Tree commission and the City of Alliance are focusing on major improvements to the Northern Union Corridor.  This corridor is a highly trafficked area used not only by people entering and exiting Alliance but also by pedestrians and neighborhood residents.  We look forward to the National Planting Day as an opportunity to provide city residents with a new green space and city beautification” said Keep Alliance Beautiful executive director Andrea Lee.

To increase tree counts, urban tree canopy, and access to green space takes planning and commitment from the residents, local officials, and supporting organizations.

Our Gateway Greening and Tree Planting Project in one of Alliance’s main downtown thoroughfares will do just that by planting trees and improving green spaces. This Gateway Greening and Tree Planting Project will lay the ground work for a multi-year urban greening program customized for other Alliance gateway neighborhoods. And what better way to kick that off than by planting trees on Arbor Day in Ohio!


2015 Great Ohio Planting Day

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Who: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, in partnership with Keep Ohio Beautiful and The Davey Tree Expert Company, will celebrate Great Ohio Planting Day.

What: The Great Ohio Planting Day will include planting five trees, brush cleanup, fence painting, wall mural and signage.

When: September 10, 2015

Where: McMicken Playground, Cincinnati – north of downtown in the Over the Rhine Neighborhood

“Keep Ohio Beautiful is pleased to be working once again with The Davey Tree Expert Co. on the 2015 Great Ohio Planting Day project. This year we are working with our local affiliate Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to beautify and green the McMicken Play Area. Located just north of downtown Cincinnati in the Over the Rhine Neighborhood, the McMicken Play Area is a bit of green space in an otherwise heavily populated residential and commercial district. The project team and partners are focusing on beautifying the park by repairing and repainting the entry way wall with a creative mural. We are also installing 5 new landscape trees to provide shade and help clean the air. Finally, non native woody vegetation and debris will be cleared away from one of the property lines. These aethetic improvements by our partners will help improve the overall  function of the park and provide a healthier and safer resource for the community,” said KOB board member and Davey Resource Group Natural Resource Consulting Manager Karen Wise.

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Saturday, May 2, 2014

Villages of Central Street Tree Planting

Neighborhood: Central Cleveland

Partners: Keep Ohio Beautiful, Davey Tree Expert Company, Western Reserve Land Conservancy – Thriving Community Institute, Neighborhood Progress Inc., City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability, Burten, Bell, Carr CDC, and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Opportunity:  The Villages of Central encompass several blocks between E. 37th and E. 63rd and Cedar and Quincy.  The CDC has worked diligently to pull together the development over the last 5 years but has not been able to finish the landscaping component of the project. Thus, much of neighborhood does not contain street trees.  The project would be to install street trees throughout the neighborhood. With the right technical assistance it would be good to also offer care workshops in advance for homeowners.

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City Nonprofits Join Forces to ‘Green It Up!’
with Keep Ohio Beautiful’s Great Ohio Planting Day

Public and private organizations and local neighbors team up to enhance Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood.

Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) hosted its second half of our Great Ohio Planting Day – “Green It Up” on Saturday, May 2, at Fifth Church of God, 2182 East 38th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115. We were joined by members of the Central Neighborhood Community as we discover how trees can enhance your neighborhood!

Discover how trees can enhance your neighborhood! Volunteers watered, mulched and planted twenty trees! We had an urban tree identification walk and a workshop on tree care.

Our goal was to involve the entire neighborhood.

Keep Ohio Beautiful, along with our partners listed below, collaborated with The Davey Tree Expert Company – Davey Resource Group, Western Reserve Land Conservancy Thriving Communities Institute, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Cuyahoga ReLeaf, HandsOn Northeast Ohio/Keep Cleveland Beautiful, Holden Arboretum, Kurtz Brothers, and the U.S. Forest Service.

“Davey is pleased to be involved in such a worthwhile event. Teaching neighborhood residents about the many benefits trees can provide and actually showing them how to plant and care for newly planted trees is a learning experience that will last a lifetime,” said KOB board member and Davey Resource Group Natural Resource Consulting Manager Karen Wise.

Trees, urban tree canopy, and green spaces are known to mitigate air and water quality challenges, increase property values, lower crime rates, and improve the overall quality of life for residents and especially children. To increase tree counts, urban tree canopy, and access to green space takes planning and commitment from the residents, local officials, and supporting organizations. Our Green it Up! initiative in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood will do just that by mapping our current green resources, assessing what shape they are in, identifying where we can plant new trees, and teaching local residents how to properly care for their trees and green spaces. Many organizations and businesses are looking for opportunities to plant trees and green our urban landscape but they need engaged partners that have a plan and method for caring for these new trees. This Green it Up! initiative will lay the ground work for a multi-year urban greening program customized for this neighborhood. And what better way to kick that off than by planting a tree!

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November 15, 2012

City of Youngstown’s Historic Wick Park Greens-up with
Keep Ohio Beautiful’s Great Ohio Fall Planting Day

Public and private organizations and school children team up to beautify city’s crown jewel

Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) hosted its Great Ohio Planting Day on Thursday, November 15, at historic Wick Park in Youngstown, Ohio. Join us as we plant a new tree, educate local elementary students about trees and enjoy all the new improvements to Wick Park.

Keep Ohio Beautiful, along with our partners listed below, collaborated with The Davey Tree Expert Co., Keep Mahoning County Beautiful/Green Team, Youngstown Litter Control & Recycling, Youngstown Parks, Youngstown Cityscape, Treez Please, and the Youngstown Rotary Club.  The Wick Park Urban Revitalization Planting Project seeks to provide a modern urban forestry redesign of this important, 34-acre park that serves as the crown jewel within the city.

The Great Ohio Planting Day included a tree planting and tree-related educational stations for Harding Elementary students and teachers, along with the Youngstown Rotary Club student mentors. The stations include tree planting, tree walk, tree- related story, and a recycling craft to celebrate America Recycles Day.  In addition, Davey prepared a Risk Tree Assessment Plan for a portion of Wick Park and will officially present this plan to the city and Wick Park stakeholder groups. This plan identifies trees to be pruned and removed along the recently renovated pedestrian corridor and visitor parking lot. This work will be performed by Davey and the city this coming winter.

In addition, a Shredding Event was held in Wick Park.  Alpha Omega and Associated Paper Stock were our partners in the day’s activities.  Alpha Omega donated their personnel and trucks for the event.

“Davey is pleased to be involved in such a worthwhile event. Teaching kids about the many benefits trees can provide and actually showing them how to plant and care for newly planted trees is a learning experience that will last a lifetime,” said KOB board member and Davey Resource Group natural resource consulting manager Karen Wise.

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November 15, 2011

This will be Keep Ohio Beautiful’s first Great Ohio Planting Day to focus on elementary school tree plantings. The northwestern Ohio location was chosen because of the destruction of Lucas County’s ash trees by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer.

Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful (KT/LCB), Keep Ohio Beautiful, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry have partnered with The Davey Tree Expert Co. to create a Master Tree Planting Plan for Wayne Trails Elementary School. The day will include tree plantings of two areas around the school, including a wildlife sanctuary to be used by the students. Students and teachers will learn how to properly prepare a tree site, and plant and care for a tree during this hands-on educational program.

“Davey is pleased to be involved in such a worthwhile event. Teaching kids about the many benefits trees can provide and actually showing them how to plant and care for newly planted trees is a learning experience that will last a lifetime,” said KOB board member and Davey Resources Group natural resource consulting manager Karen Wise. “KT/LCB is thrilled to be offering this first-time project to Wayne Trail Elementary, especially given the amazing efforts of their science teacher Christine Smith.  She is truly a model teacher for the environment, and this project is one way we can recognize her efforts and reward the entire community,” added KOB board member and KT/LCB executive director Juliana Sample.

The Great Ohio Fall Planting Day coincides with America Recycles Day. A national and Ohio educational event since 1997, communities across the country come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States.

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