Local grass-roots environmental organization Save Maumee invites the public to celebrate Earth Day this Saturday and help the local environment by planting 1,100 trees along Trier Ditch, which flows into the Maumee River.
The tree planting, which will take place rain or shine, includes 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at Heatherwood Park, 1000 Hartzell Road in New Haven; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in Moser Park, 601 W. Main St. in New Haven; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Heatherwood Park, a news release said. Save Maumee partnered with the New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department and East Allen County Schools on the project.
Participation is free and open to the public. A brief tree-planting workshop will be offered at 11 a.m. each day.
The project is part of Save Maumee's Riparian Buffer Initiative to reduce flooding and to improve water quality by containing phosphorus and other nutrients, the news release said. The land being reforested typically is underwater several days or weeks each year.
Old Crown Coffee, Food NOT Bombs and Three Rivers Health Food Shoppe will provide free coffee, snacks and food for volunteers, the news release said. A number of local bands will entertain, including Dan Dickerson & The Harp Condition, Kyle Haller & Company, Breon Jones, Kill Le Kill, and Sad Gravity. Tie-dye T-shirts can be purchased Saturday while supplies last, or you can buy a tree and have it planted in your name.
The March for Science will celebrate evidence-based policies for protecting the public with activities at 10 a.m. Saturday and throughout that day, the news release said. On Sunday, Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne also will host a “Long Ride along the Maumee River” fundraising ride to Lake Erie near Toledo, Ohio, which will benefit Save Maumee riparian buffer restoration.
“Trier Ditch is a degraded stream, and it flows directly into the Maumee,” Abigail Frost-King, Save Maumee president and founder, said in the news release. “The Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan cost Indiana and Ohio taxpayers $297,066, and we are working to implement it so it does not get dusty on a shelf. When we do not implement these programs, there are no numbers on how much we end up spending on public health and increased water treatment costs."
Funding for the trees and project comes from the U.S. Forest Service through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the news release said.
WHAT: Save Maumee grass-roots organization will plant more than 1,100 trees along Trier Ditch at Heatherwood and Moser parks in New Haven to help control flooding and reduce nutrient run-off into the Maumee River. Food, live music and other activities will be provided.
WHEN and WHERE: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at Heatherwood Park, 1000 Hartzell Road in New Haven; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Moser Park, 601 W. Main St. in New Haven; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Heatherwood Park.