CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Today is Earth Day, April 22, and Mill Creek MetroParks teamed with FirstEnergy to plant 300 trees.
It happened at Collier Preserve, located off of Western Reserve Road, near Tippecanoe Road in Canfield.
The overall goal is for the 11 acres to be reforested.
Organizers say this project has lots of benefits for the community.
“Just by restoring forested habitat that we’ve historically lost — this property was historically agriculture farm, a sod farm at times. So we are just trying to get back to that natural state and reclaim some of these old fields,” said Nick Derico, natural resources steward for Mill Creek MetroParks.
The park will monitor the trees and help them along as they mature.
On Thursday, volunteers also helped with cleaning up the area.
The project is part of FirstEnergy’s initiative to reduce its carbon footprint and promote responsible uses of natural resources.
FirstEnergy is set to plant thousands of trees across its service areas from April 22 through 30, celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day.
The events are being led by FirstEnergy’s Green Team, which does tree planting and sapling giveaways at parks and nature reserves.
“Since many Earth Day tree planting events were canceled last year due to the pandemic, we’re excited to come back strong in 2021,” said George Farah, vice president of utility services and founder of FirstEnergy’s Green Team. “While we set an initial 2021 goal of 10,000 trees, we’re optimistic we will be able to plant many more throughout the year.”
From September through December of last year, the team planted 1,000 new trees in its service areas.