Western Reserve Land Conservancy, the largest local land trust in Ohio, is celebrating Arbor Day with a series of community events. The Land Conservancy has planted and distributed more than 12,000 trees across northeast Ohio, and permanently conserved more than 56,000 acres of land including mature forests.
As a leading member of the Cleveland Tree Coalition, the Land Conservancy works to increase Cleveland’s tree canopy coverage to get us back to our roots as the Forest City for which we were once known. “Trees, quite literally, allow us to breathe — they make us healthier, happier and are a critical piece of our community infrastructure,” said Rich Cochran, President and CEO of Western Reserve Land Conservancy. “We are invested in ensuring a stronger community through more greenspace and a heartier tree canopy.”
Toast to Trees on Thursday, April 25th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Market Garden Production Brewery, 1849 W. 24th St. Cleveland, OH 44113
100+ individuals celebrating trees; new tree-inspired brew unveiled; 8-feet tall tree sculpture by local artist Michael Loderstedt Western Reserve Land Conservancy invites the public to celebrate Arbor Day Eve at Toast to Trees! The event is sponsored by Market Garden Brewery who will release a special tree-inspired brew for the event and generously donate $1 of every purchase to the Land Conservancy’s urban reforestation efforts. Tickets to the event are $10/person with proceeds benefiting Western Reserve Land Conservancy reforestation efforts. Tickets provide entrance to the event and light appetizers; beverages may be purchased separately. Purchase tickets in advance online at: https://www.wrlandconservancy.org/event/arborday19toastotrees/ or at the door.
Arbor Day Tree Seedling Adoption at Mitchell’s Ice Cream on Friday, April 26th from 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. or until supplies last at Mitchell’s Ice Cream Ohio City and University Circle Stores Ohio City, 1867 W. 25th St., Cleveland, University Circle, 11444 Uptown Ave., Cleveland
Mitchell’s pints will hold free tree seedlings for customers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Mitchell’s Ice Cream and Western Reserve Land Conservancy are teaming up to provide free tree seedlings on Arbor Day. Visit Mitchell’s Ohio City or University Circle stores on April 26th for a delicious ice cream treat and the opportunity to adopt a tree seedling, while supplies last. Baldcypress, Eastern Redbud, Shadblow Serviceberry, and Swamp White Oak varieties will be available. Customers are encouraged to try one of Mitchell’s tree-inspired treats in honor of Arbor Day! No registration is required for this event. For more information, visit: https://www.wrlandconservancy.org/event/arborday19mitchells/
Arbor Day Block Party on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 a.m. – Remarks, 9:30 a.m. – Planting Slavic Village at Fullerton School, 3900 East 75th St. Cleveland, OH 44105
Rich Cochran, President and CEO of Western Reserve Land Conservancy, and Cleveland Tree Coalition leaders will provide remarks at 9:00 a.m. Community leaders and neighbors will then plant trees at Fullerton School and throughout the surrounding Slavic Village neighborhood. Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Cleveland Tree Coalition member organizations and community partners will host an Arbor Day Block Party in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood. The celebratory event is designed to showcase how to best plant and care for trees in communities across Cleveland – from public lands to private yards. Volunteers will plant trees around Fullerton School and support tree planting throughout the neighborhood. Additionally, Reforesting Slavic Village has collaborated with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide free trees to residents in Slavic Village through the Cleveland Community Canopy program.
Residents of 44105 and 44127 zip codes can receive a tree to plant in their yard at no cost through this website: http://www.arborday.org/cleveland. Trees will be distributed at Fullerton School on Saturday, April 27th during the Arbor Day event. Reforesting Slavic Village partners have come together to improve the neighborhood’s tree canopy. Members include AmeriCorps, Bartlett Tree Experts, Councilman Anthony Brancatelli, Broadway P-16, City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability, City Year, Cleveland Central Catholic, Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Cuyahoga Community College, Davey Tree Experts, Holden Forests & Gardens, Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Youth Opportunities Unlimited. The event is sponsored by Third Federal Foundation, ArcelorMittal, the Davey Tree Expert Company and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Registration is required for this event: https://www.wrlandconservancy.org/event/arbordayblockparty2019/
About Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides the people of northern and eastern Ohio with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. The Land Conservancy has preserved natural areas and working farms in more than 20 counties in northern and eastern Ohio. Its urban program, Thriving Communities, works statewide to clean and green urban centers devastated by the foreclosure crisis. To date, the Land Conservancy has permanently preserved more than 750 properties totaling 56,000+ acres; created more than 170 public parks and preserves; led the efforts to create 55 county land banks across Ohio; as well as planted and distributed more than 12,000 robust trees in Cleveland.
Photos Courtesy of Western Reserve Land Conservancy