Nestlé employees plant trees at Veterans Legacy Woods in Burton Township – News-Herald

Approximately 20 Nestlé Corp. volunteers from the Cleveland area gathered at Veterans Legacy Woods in Burton Township to plant trees and erect protective fences to help reforest the area.

The November 3 event was an initiative of Nestle through its partnership with One Tree Planted, a global non-profit focused on reforestation. Meka Moore, a Nestle Sustainable Sourcing Specialist, helped plan the event through One Tree Planted and the Geauga Park District to encourage more sustainable living at her company.

Land Steward for the Geauga Park District Matthew Kneitel guides Nestle volunteers through various planting techniques in Veterans Legacy Woods during their planting project to spread reforestation.  (John Butler??
Land Steward for the Geauga Park District Matthew Kneitel guides Nestle volunteers through various planting techniques in Veterans Legacy Woods during their planting project to spread reforestation. (John Butler – The News Herald)

One Tree Planted works with conservation partners in over 47 countries including North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific.

“Nestle has many goals and ambitions around sustainability, and we wanted to engage our corporate employees with an activity that truly supports the environment,” Moore said. “One Tree Planted is a company that we work with on a global scale, and they work with local community partners like the Geauga Park District.

“The idea is that we start with this campus and expand this project to other Nestlé campuses.”

Several members of the Geauga Park District Department of Natural Resources Management guided the volunteers through the entire tree planting process. Geauga Park District and One Tree Planted paid for all trees and materials involved in the planting process.

Land Stewards for the Geauga Park District bring trees for Nestle volunteers to plant in Veterans Legacy Woods for their planting project.  (John Butler??
Land Stewards for the Geauga Park District bring trees for Nestle volunteers to plant in Veterans Legacy Woods on November 3 for their planting project. (John Butler – The News Herald)

“We have wonderful parks, we have over 10,000 acres here, we have 28 open parks, and we’re really lucky in northeast Ohio to be excited to host this event,” said parks biologist Paul Pira. “What we are doing in the park district is conserving and protecting the land in the county and in the park district for wildlife sustainability.”

Park District Land Steward Matthew Kneitel guided each volunteer through various planting techniques such as: B. how to dig the hole properly or how to arrange the soil to catch water when planting a tree on the slope of the hill.

Nestle volunteers plant trees in Veterans Legacy Woods for their planting project to spread reforestation through nonprofit organization One Tree Planted.  (John Butler??
Nestle volunteers plant trees in Veterans Legacy Woods for their planting project to spread reforestation through nonprofit organization One Tree Planted. (John Butler – The News Herald)

In addition to their planting process, Kneitel said they fence off the newly planted trees to prevent deer from eating them.

After the demonstration, Nestlé volunteers set about planting each tree.

“I’m looking forward to planting some trees to become a better steward of the environment,” said Andrew Leonard, a sustainable packaging officer at Nestle. “It’s a great opportunity to help our team and build better bonds.”

Moore said she hopes to work with One Tree Planted on future projects within Nestlé and expand her conservation efforts and sustainable projects to several other branches of the organization.

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