Keep Ohio Beautiful and Honda Volunteers Plant New EdibleWoods Arboretum at YMCA Camp

Honda continues to give back to our local communities by partnering again with Keep Ohio Beautiful. On Saturday, October 17, Honda volunteers joined staff from Camp Willson and Keep Ohio Beautiful to complete the second phase of the three-year habitat improvement project.  This project benefits YMCA’s Camp Willson in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Volunteers planted 51 native Ohio fruit and nut trees to create Camp Willson’s new arboretum and tree trail located on the west side of the lake.  These tree species included: Ohio Buckeye, Yellow Buckeye, Hazelnut, Paw Paw, Persimmon, and Allegheny Serviceberry.

“On behalf of Keep Ohio Beautiful we are so pleased to partner with Honda and Camp Willson,” said Karen Wise, Past Board President of Keep Ohio Beautiful and Vice President, Davey Resources Group, Inc. 

“The staff at Camp Willson had a visionary plan to create the start of three separate natural resource projects.  First, a Sugarbush, now a native Ohio fruit and nut tree arboretum, and next year, a pollinator garden & habitat.  These enable them to teach today’s kids and future campers how to steward the land and realize the benefits of sustainable agriculture. Together, with the help of many dedicated Honda volunteers, we’ll establish a working forest that will benefit future generations.” 

Keep Ohio Beautiful encourages public-private partnerships and the connections that strengthen our communities, protect our land and water, and improve our quality of life.

In 2019, Keep Ohio Beautiful statewide affiliate network volunteers planted 32,186 trees and 111,435 plants, shrubs, flowers, and bulbs through its mission of empowering Ohio communities to take greater responsibility for improving the local environment through litter prevention, beautification, community greening, waste reduction and recycling. 

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