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Keep Ohio Beautiful and Honda Volunteers
Plant New EdibleWoods Arboretum at Camp Willson

Camp Willson benefits from a second-phase tree planting project
with Keep Ohio Beautiful funded by Honda

Honda (#HondaGO and #TeamHondaCares) continues to give back to our local Ohio communities by partnering again with Keep Ohio Beautiful. This three-year project continues to benefit YMCA’s Camp Willson in Bellefontaine, Ohio. On Saturday, October 17, Honda’s dedicated volunteers joined staff from Camp Willson and Keep Ohio Beautiful to complete the second-phase of the three-year habitat improvement project.  Volunteers planted 51 native Ohio fruit and nut trees to create Camp Willson’s new arboretum and tree trail located on the west side of the lake.  These tree species included: Ohio Buckeye, Yellow Buckeye, Hazelnut, Paw Paw, Persimmon, and Allegheny Serviceberry.

“On behalf of Keep Ohio Beautiful we are so pleased to partner with Honda and Camp Willson,” said Karen Wise, Past Board President of Keep Ohio Beautiful and Vice President, Davey Resources Group, Inc.  “The staff at Camp Willson had a visionary plan to create the start of three separate natural resource projects.  First, a Sugarbush, now a native Ohio fruit and nut tree arboretum, and next year, a pollinator garden & habitat.  These enable them to teach today’s kids and future campers how to steward the land and realize the benefits of sustainable agriculture. Together, with the help of many dedicated HondaGo volunteers, we’ll establish a working forest that will benefit future generations.” 

            Keep Ohio Beautiful encourages public-private partnerships and the connections that strengthen our communities, protect our land and water, and improve our quality of life.  Ours is not an isolated mission. It requires diverse partnerships with all community stakeholders. Working together, we can be successful in improving our communities. 

In 2019, Keep Ohio Beautiful statewide affiliate network volunteers planted 32,186 trees and 111,435 plants, shrubs, flowers, and bulbs through our mission of empowering Ohio communities to take greater responsibility for improving our local environment through litter prevention, beautification, community greening, waste reduction and recycling.


About Keep Ohio Beautiful

            Keep Ohio Beautiful, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, believes that everyone deserves to live in an environment that is healthy, safe, clean and beautiful. As a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Ohio Beautiful serves as Ohio’s umbrella organization for our local 40+ affiliate organizations in numerous Ohio communities. By providing a strong support system and the sharing of best practices, Keep Ohio Beautiful enables volunteers in communities throughout Ohio to improve waste handling practices, litter prevention, recycling, beautification and community greening efforts. Website: www.keepohiobeautiful.org/ Twitter:OhioBeautiful/ Facebook: KeepOhioBeautiful

About Honda in Ohio

Honda’s U.S. manufacturing operations were established in 1979 with the start of motorcycle production in Marysville, Ohio, followed in November 1982, by the start of automobile production at the Marysville Auto Plant.

Today, Honda employs more than 15,000 associates in Ohio across five plants with total capital investment of $13.6 billion and the capacity to produce 680,000 Honda and Acura automobiles, 1.18 million automobile engines and 1 million automobile transmissions, two-motor hybrid systems, and Sport Hybrid All-wheel Drive™ systems annually, using domestic and globally sourced parts. 

Honda’s five major Ohio manufacturing facilities include three auto plants, the Marysville Auto Plant, East Liberty Auto Plant and Performance Manufacturing Center, as well as the Anna Engine Plant and Russells Point transmission plant. The company has invested over $1 billion in these facilities over the past six years, continually modernizing equipment and adopting new technologies to advance quality and efficiency for Honda and Acura customers here and around the world. Learn more at https://ohio.honda.com/.


At Keep Ohio Beautiful, the safety of our volunteers, staff, guests, sponsors and community supporters is our number one priority.  We would like to share more with you about what we are doing to ensure your health and safety, as you may have concerns related to COVID-19.

We thank all of our volunteers, sponsors and community supporters for always enabling us to provide programs and services to thousands of people throughout Ohio.  We look forward to beautifying communities and celebrating Keep Ohio Beautiful at a later date.  


Please enjoy our 2019 Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Report.  Click Here