Sue Kiesewetter reports
Seven new American Liberty Elm trees will be planted Friday in Liberty Township’s Wetlands Park West as part of an Earth Day celebration.
The trees are being donated by Duke Energy, which is collaborating with the township on the project. The trees will be planted during a public ceremony set for 10 a.m. at the park, 6906 VanGordon Road.
“The environment and our corporate volunteerism are very important to Duke Energy and our employees are excited to celebrate Earth Day with the Liberty Township community,” said Tim Abbott, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations.
The fast-growing trees were selected to represent the township’s heritage. American Liberty elms typically grow to be 200-275 years old.
“The residents of Liberty Township will benefit nicely from this generous donation of Liberty Elm trees from Duke Energy,” said Christine Matacic, president of the township’s board of trustees.
“We are thrilled to be part of the Earth Day celebration and proud to add new trees to one of Liberty Township’s great parks.”
Free evergreen tree seedlings available on Earth Day – Free evergreen tree seedlings will be distributed Friday as part of the Earth Day celebration by the Butler County Recycling and Solid Waste District.
Residents can pick up seedlings during the program, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the government services center, 130 High Street, in Hamilton. There will also be free hot dogs and hamburgers.
“Earth Day is an opportunity to inspire people to get involved and participate in activities that will protect our natural resources every day,’’ said Tim McLelland, event co-chairman and manager of the Ground Water Consortium.
Experts will be on hand to talk about the importance of planting trees, recycling, protecting drinking water supply, monitoring water quality and cleaning up streams.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will bring animals and discuss protection of parks and wildlife. Hamilton officials will distribute water.
For more Information, call 513-615-2538
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