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Mini forest takes root in Boardman

Staff photo / Ed Runyan....Lindsay Hayes of Niles, Halle Slater of Olmsted Falls and Mattie Wakefield of Greene Township in Trumbull County plant trees Thursday at the Mill Creek MetroParks’ Collier Preserve along Western Reserve Road in Boardman as part of a project by the YSU Legacy Forest committee.

BOARDMAN — A group of Youngstown State University students took part in a project Thursday along Mill Creek MetroParks’ Collier Preserve to plant 1,650 trees to create a mini forest.

The project along Western Reserve Road near New Buffalo Road is being carried out by the YSU Legacy Forest committee, which bought the trees. It aims to plant 1,650 trees at the site.

One goal of the project is to remove carbon from the air, said Lauren Schroeder, who is part of the committee.

Another goal is to plant one tree for every incoming freshman student at YSU this academic year.

The Arbor Day Foundation paid for the trees.

This is the second year the trees have been planted on the site.

Nine species of trees were planted, said Nick Derico, natural resources manager for the MetroParks.

The Mill Creeks MetroParks Foundation bought the tubes and stakes for the project, which is expected to continue for at least one more year, Derico said. The tubes will protect the

trees for about 10 years and stop them from being damaged by wildlife, such as deer.

The YSU Legacy Forest Project also seeks to increase awareness of climate warming and its consequences. The group is supported by the Mahoning County Land Bank, Arbor Day Foundation, the YSU Foundation, and YSU.

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