At Grailville, an ecological education center about 10 miles NE of Cincinnati, Ohio, 6,500 mixed hardwoods were planted to protect O'Bannon Creek. O'Bannon Creek has been declared to have sensitive high quality water and endangered plants and animals. Trees were planted in two areas. One area was bottomland bordering O'Bannon Creek and the other consisted of upland fields of highly erodible land. Urbanization in the region is causing a concentration of deer in the area, thus requiring the installation of tree shelters for protection from deer browsing. Benefits of this project include soil stabilization, increased water quality and wildlife habitat. The center hosts over 11,000 people a year and land stewardship is a major objective of Grailville as it proceeds to reclaim, restore and preserve their 300 acre center property, as an ecologically responsible demonstration. Several agencies and organizations assisted in the project and the Loveland Greenbelt Community Council, Clermont County Free Tree Committee and Ohio Civilian Conservation Corp. helped to plant the trees.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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