Freedom Trees Program
Groundwork Cincinnati - Mill Creekt has partnered with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Paul Hemmer Comapnies to create the Mill Creek Freedom Trees Program This is an ambitious grassroots initiative that will provide many opportunities for neighborhoods and communities to get involved in a ten-year urban reforestation effort linked to the rich history of the Underground Railroad. Program participants will plant at least 10,000 four-to-eight foot high native trees within the 28-mile Mill Creek corridor.
In 1999, Groundwork Cincinnati - Mill Creek agreed to take on the responsibility for launching the implementation of the Mill Creek Watershed Greenway Master Plan, even though there was no startup funding. Currently, there are fourteen active pilot projects underway in various locations in the Mill Creek Watershed. The Greenway Program helps to remove urban blight, to restore and protect natural resources within degraded areas of Mill Creek, to conserve greenspace, and to develop recreational trails and other amenities that communities and watershed neighborhoods want.
Groundwork Cincinnati - Mill Creek's school program serves up to 2,000 students each year through a multidisciplinary school program that includes stream surveys, water quality and biological monitoring, wildlife habitat restoration, and a variety of other classroom and fieldwork learning experiences. Additionally, Groundwork Cincinnati - Mill Creek recruits and trains teachers and community volunteers, provides river and stormwater restoration training for environmental professionals & government officials, and provides on-the-job training opportunities for qualifing watershed residents.
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