KEEP OHIO BEAUTIFUL NEWS
Keep Ohio Beautiful Celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day in Ohio with ODNR and Columbia Gas of Ohio at Great Ohio Planting Day
This year’s tree planting held at Alum Creek State Park Beach
Keep Ohio Beautiful hosted its annual Great Ohio Planting Day, to celebrate Arbor Day in Ohio, on Friday, April 29, at Alum Creek State Park’s beach area. A variety of native Ohio hardwoods were planted around the park’s large beach area.
Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) worked together with Columbia Gas of Ohio and NiSource volunteers to beautify and enhance the beach and parking areas at Alum Creek State Park by planting 22 large native trees in honor of Arbor Day. Funding for the project was awarded to KOB through the Columbia Gas Charitable Fund.
“Columbia Gas pleased to continue its partnership with ODNR and KOB this Arbor Day,” said Kristy Monk, Keep Ohio Beautiful board member and NiSource employee. “This partnership supports our mission of environmental stewardship while enhancing the visitor’s experience at Alum Creek State Park.”
“Adding healthy, native trees to our state parks restores shade and wildlife habitat,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Visitors to Alum Creek and other parks will enjoy the legacy of our partners, Keep Ohio Beautiful and Columbia Gas, for generations to come.”
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. In past years, KOB volunteers have planted more than 100 native trees at Deer Creek, East Fork and Mohican state parks.