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Restoration Planting in Highland Heights

On October 11, Euclid Creek Watershed Program partners had our final big outreach event of the year.

FOEC, West Creek Conservancy, and Cuyahoga SWCD protected a beautiful 12-acre wooded site adjacent to the Highland Heights Community Park in July with Clean Ohio funding. The site has headwater tributaries to Euclid Creek running through it and sensitive wetlands, but very little understory due to deer browsing.

We had nearly 50 volunteers help plant 430 native plants that are meant for shady, wet conditions and that are as deer resistant as is possible with three herds living in the area.

Thanks to all of the volunteers who came out from the neighborhood, Mayfield Heights Girl Scouts, Mayfield High School National Honors Society students, Friends of Euclid Creek members, and City of Highland Heights, Holden Arboretum and Hollywood Scapes staff helped out.

A special thanks goes out to Ken Messinger Rapport, and Jeanette and Rick Evans for letting us tromp through your yards to access the site and to Interns Maria and Jakob from West Creek Conservancy for your help in leading the event. Also, Chris Vild and Joe Phillips did a great job leading the two groups in the planting effort.

This site has truly been loved over the years - we found tree houses and sheds and lots of other oddities scattered throughout the site - everything AND the kitchen sink (check out the photos above)!

Here's a nice Sun News recap of the event.

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