Notice of May Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2022, at 6 p.m., in the Education Building – McMahon Hall, at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46, in Canfield. The agenda will be available on the website after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

Mill Creek MetroParks using fire to improve park

Mill Creek Metroparks is using fire in Boardman Thursday for what’s called prescribed burn.

They’re doing it to make the park healthier.

WKBN was there at the corner of Tippecanoe Road and Western Reserve Road. The area is known as “Collier Preserve.”

The fire will help get rid of any unwanted invasive bugs, plus help reduce thatch build-up. It also gets rid of woody growth.

“It’s an effort to really improve the native grasses that are here to get rid of some of the thatch, to encourage the seeds that are in the soil base to really invigorate them and get a really nice native 45-acre prairie,” said Just Roberts, planning and operations director of Mill Creek MetroParks.

Organizers hope this prescribed burn will be wrapped up Thursday.

Davey Resource Group out of Kent helped with the project.

Read original article at WKBN.

FirstEnergy donates 300 trees to Mill Creek MetroParks for second year in a row

FirstEnergy has donated 300 trees to Mill Creek MetroParks to celebrate Earth and Arbor days for the second year in a row.

A variety of hardwood trees were planted on Thursday by FirstEnergy employees throughout the MetroParks’ 402-acre farm in Canfield.

On Earth Day in 2021, FirstEnergy had donated 300 trees, which were planted at the MetroParks’ Collier Preserve.

In addition, FirstEnergy plans to donate an additional 400 trees to the Poland Municipal Forest on Friday, April 29 to celebrate Arbor Day. Those trees will be planted by FirstEnergy employee volunteers throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.

This initiative is part of the company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, promote responsible use of natural resources and further the advancement of sustainable practices.

Since April of 2021, FirstEnergy has donated and planted over 17,000 trees throughout its five-state service territory, and is on track to plant over 14,000 additional trees this spring.

Read original article at WFMJ.