Ro­tary Club plants trees for Metro Parks

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Martin

The Amherst Ro­tary Club do­nated and planted 15 trees on the new Beaver Creek Trail Ex­ten­sion on May 16.

Dur­ing a tree plant­ing cer­e­mony, Amherst Ro­tary Club Pres­i­dent Kathryn Gam­bish said the do­na­tion was part of an ini­tia­tive from Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional and lo­cal branches were en­cour­aged to do­nate as many trees as mem­bers in their re­spec­tive branches.

As Amherst Ro­tary has 30 mem­bers, Gam­bish said the Ro­tary Club is work­ing with the city of Amherst to do­nate an ad­di­tional 15 trees to en­hance a reser­voir project off of North Main Street.

Don Kasych, plan­ning su­per­vi­sor for the Lo­rain County Metro Parks, in­structed vol­un­teers on how to prop­erly plant the trees into the ground with the care they need.

“Most of these trees are grown in Lake County along Lake Erie it­self,” Kasych said. “It’s very sandy soil, so the balls them­selves are go­ing to be very, very sandy.”

“It’s re­ally not sim­ple. Trees are very hearty. It takes a lot of try­ing to re­ally kill it. But there is some care in­volved with it.”

The trees were a com­bi­na­tion of oaks and hop horn­beam and were pur­chased from Lake County Nurs­ery in Perry, Ohio, Kasych said.

Metro Parks Di­rec­tor Jim Ziem­nik said the or­ga­ni­za­tion wel­comed the part­ner­ship with Amherst Ro­tary Club as part of an on­go­ing ef­fort to add trees to parks.

Ziem­nik said it was the sec­ond ma­jor project fol­low­ing a sim­i­lar tree plant­ing in Cas­cade Park in Elyria in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Elyria Ro­tary Club.

“There was an ini­tia­tive by Ro­tary to plant trees be­cause Ro­tary has al­ways his­tor­i­cally done that,” he said. “So be­cause of our re­la­tion­ships be­tween Ro­tary and Metro Parks through­out the county, those Ro­taries who felt they wanted to work to­gether with us, we pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties to put some trees in our parks.”

With Metro Parks main­tain­ing re­la­tion­ships among many re­gional nurs­eries, the project was an op­por­tu­nity to take ad­van­tage of some good tim­ing and to brighten up the trail.

Ziem­nik said the mas­ter plan al­ways en­vi­sioned adding trees to the area, but the Ro­tary Club’s ini­tia­tive was an ex­am­ple of tak­ing ad­van­tage of op­por­tu­ni­ties when they arise.

“It’s kind of what we do at the Metro Parks,” he said. “We kind of pride our­selves on part­ner­ships and re­la­tion­ships with oth­ers for the greater good of the com­mu­nity.”

KEVIN MARTIN — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Lo­rain County Metro Parks Di­rec­tor Jim Ziem­nik, left, plants a tree at the Amherst Beaver Creek Trail Ex­ten­sion be­hind the Mercy Health and Re­cre­ation Cen­ter at 47160 Holl­stein Drive in Amherst on May 16. The 15 trees were do­nated by the Amherst Ro­tary Club as part of an ini­tia­tive by Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional. The Ro­tary Club is work­ing with the city of Amherst to do­nate an ad­di­tional 15 trees as part of a reser­voir project on North Main Street cur­rently in de­vel­op­ment.

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