Land Conservancy receives Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant

Funds will support urban forestry education efforts in 4 Cleveland neighborhoods

Western Reserve Land Conservancy is one of four northeast Ohio organizations have received grants from Ohio EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF).

Western Reserve Land Conservancy received $46,374 for the “Cleveland Neighborhood Tree Steward” program. The organization plans to bring the Sherwick Tree Steward training program, hosted in partnership with Holden Forests & Gardens, to four new neighborhoods in the city and build on partnerships with local schools. Community members will learn about the benefits of trees, share input on tree planting sites within their neighborhoods, participate in tree planting and learn how to provide ongoing care for the trees. Additionally, local schools will participate in educational and tree planting workshops at or near their schools.

“Training residents to maintain existing and newly planted trees is critical to the success of the Cleveland Tree Plan and our collective reforestation work,” explained Colby Sattler, manager of urban forestry and natural resource management for the Land Conservancy. “We’re excited to work with our partners to continue this hands-on tree education in Cleveland’s Bellaire-Puritas, Collinwood, Glenville, and St. Clair Superior neighborhoods.”

OEEF provides grants each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. OEEF grants are funded with a portion of the civil penalties Ohio EPA collects for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws.

Click here to read the grant award announcement from the Ohio EPA.