Trees matter. A lot. With our forests facing unprecedented risks from disease, invasive species, and human development, local trees need our help! That’s why the CGC has undertaken our “Treeforestation” initiative in an attempt to restore Cincinnati forests for the benefit of community members and local wildlife. This effort is part of a larger global movement to restore urban forests for the preservation of biodiversity and to fight against climate change.
The goal of our Treeforestation initiative is to develop an effective strategy for restoring forests in the greater Cincinnati region to healthy, NATIVE ecosystems. Each project entails a commitment to removing all invasive species, replanting with native plants, shrubs, and trees, and developing a long term management plan to ensure the invasive species do not re-establish themselves over time.
When we aren’t busy restoring local forests, we are hard at work trying to educate the public on what we are doing and why we are doing it. We want people to be aware of the significant threat posed by invasive species that are already well established in our forests, posing a significant threat to North America’s biodiversity. Through our classes and volunteer events, we are working to empower people to take action in restoring their local forest and to increase awareness about the significant threat facing North America’s deciduous forests.
Walnut Hills High School Project
Our first project is a 10 acre site located directly adjacent to Walnut Hills High School. In partnership with the Cincinnati Parks Department, Walnut Hills High School, and the Evanston Community Council, we are working to remove the invasive plants running rampant throughout the property and replant native plants in their place. With the help of students and volunteers, we are working to transition this forest into an educational space to be used by Walnut Hills High School and a recreational space for local community members.
We invite YOU to join us in this exciting initiative. You can purchase a native tree to be planted or give a donation that funds much needed tools and materials, as well as our educational efforts; you can join in on invasive plant removal and other site preparation volunteer days; and you can help spread the word about the project by telling your friends and family.
To make a donation to the project, see below; or sign up for a volunteer workday. Our next volunteer workday is Saturday, January 25th, 9am-12pm, we hope to see you there!