Three hundred and fifty trees will be planted along Mill Creek, a tributary to the Cuyahoga River, as a result of a $17,500 grant awarded to Western Reserve Land Conservancy by American Forests and the Alcoa Foundation.

The tree planting will take place on October 21, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. to noon. If interested in volunteering and learning more about trees, wetlands and the Mill Creek watershed please RSVP to Meiring Borcherds at or call him at 216.244.8152.

We will be meeting in the Northern Parking Lot at Mt. Zion Fellowship located at 4265 Northfield Road, Highland Hills, Ohio 44128. Please bring your own gloves and shovels if you have them.

The trees will be planted in the largest remaining wetland along Mill Creek in the Village of Highland Hills as part of Reforest Our City, an initiative of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities Institute in partnership with the newly formed Mill Creek Watershed Partnership.

Volunteers will help with the tree-planting and mulching in specific areas of the 9.8 acre site. The trees will enhance wetland habitat and upland forest buffers in one of Ohio’s most densely populated counties.

The removal of invasive species and the restoration of native vegetation through volunteer planting activities at the headwaters of Mill Creek will positively impact not only the 85,000 residents that live within the Mill Creek watershed, but also benefit a large portion of the 1.2 million people that live, work and play in Cuyahoga County.

Editor’s Note: this announcement was originally released by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy on June 19, 2015 on their website.