Tree Planting Event Scheduled for April 22 in Slavic Village

Volunteers Invited to Help Plant Trees at Boys
& Girls Club of Cleveland

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Third Federal Foundation, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, and a
host of Reforesting Slavic Village partners are holding an Earth Day
tree planting event April 22, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club
of Cleveland in Slavic Village. Approximately 25 trees are scheduled to
be planted at the event.


Interested participants are invited to join the fun; no previous
experience is necessary. Participants should come dressed in comfortable
clothing and shoes that might get dirty. All participants will receive a
shirt, coffee, water and lunch. Tools and gloves will be provided.

TO REGISTER AND FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON THE LINK

http://www.wrlandconservancy.org/event/earthdaytreeplanting/

or call 216-515-8300

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 12

Why Urban Reforestation Matters

Cleveland was once nicknamed The Forest City, but the city has lost
significant canopy. Tree canopy cover is currently 19%; only one quarter
of what is possible. Each year an estimated 97 acres of tree canopy is
lost. At this rate, canopy will drop to 14% by 2040 unless we act now.
It is time to rebuild the urban forest, together.

The Cleveland Tree Plan is a community-wide collaboration to rebuild the
urban forest through partnership. The City of Cleveland, along with
public and private stakeholders have assessed Cleveland’s urban forest
and are now determining a unified vision and plan of action to reforest
the Forest City.

Trees are a critical piece of our community infrastructure. A growing
body of research and documentation validates the critical role that a
robust urban tree canopy plays in providing an environment that
contributes to residents’ health and economic well-being, as well as
helping to meet the many environmental and ecological challenges that
impact their daily lives.

“Trees are essential for all healthy human communities,” emphasized Rich
Cochran, president and CEO of the nonprofit Western Reserve Land
Conservancy. “But in too many urban and suburban communities, tree
canopies are dwindling. The Land Conservancy launched its Reforest Our
City program to help reverse this trend. Starting in the city of
Cleveland, we are working with our partners, including residents and
other institutions, to plant and maintain thousands of trees.”

“We are pleased to be part of this important project and continue our
longstanding support of Broadway-Slavic Village, which includes
operation of the Green Corps learning farm on Fleet Ave.,” said Paul
Spector, VP of Community Engagement at Holden Forests & Gardens.

According to the Cleveland Tree Plan, tree canopy cover in the
Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhood is just 18 %. The following are the
Reforesting Slavic Village partners that have come together to improve
the neighborhood’s tree canopy: ArcelorMittal, Boys & Girls Clubs of
Cleveland, City Year Cleveland*, Councilman Anthony Brancatelli,
Broadway P-16, City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability, Cleveland
Metropolitan School District, Cleveland Central Catholic, Cleveland
Metroparks, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Cuyahoga Community
College, Holden Forests and Gardens, Metro Catholic, Slavic Village
Development*, Third Federal Foundation, Western Reserve Resource
Conservation and Development Council, Western Reserve Land Conservancy,
and Youth Opportunities Unlimited. (*AmeriCorps volunteers from these
organizations will be supporting this event).

The Third Federal Foundation provides financial support to charitable
organizations in the communities in which Third Federal operates, and
enables communities to share in the long-term growth of the company. It
also supports the ongoing obligations to its communities under the
Community Reinvestment Act. Third Federal Savings and Loan Association
is a leading provider of savings and mortgage products, and operates
under the values of love, trust, respect, a commitment to excellence and
fun. Founded in Cleveland in 1938 as a mutual association by Ben and
Gerome Stefanski, Third Federal’s mission is to help people achieve the
dream of home ownership and financial security. It became part of a
public company in 2007 and celebrated its 75th anniversary in
May, 2013. Third Federal, which lends in 21 states and the District of
Columbia, is dedicated to serving consumers with competitive rates and
outstanding service. Third Federal, an equal housing lender, has 21 full
service branches in Northeast Ohio, eight lending offices in Central and
Southern Ohio, and 17 full service branches throughout Florida. As of
December 31, 2016, the Company’s assets totaled $13.2 billion. For more
information, visit thirdfederal.com.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides the people of our region with
essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. The
Land Conservancy preserves natural areas and working farms in 17
counties in northern and eastern Ohio; its urban program, Thriving
Communities, works statewide to clean and green urban centers devastated
by the foreclosure crisis. To date, the Land Conservancy has permanently
preserved more than 670 properties totaling greater than 50,000 acres;
worked with municipalities to create more than 140 public parks and
preserves; led the efforts to create 41 county land banks across Ohio;
and planted more than 3,500 trees in the city of Cleveland. For more
information, visit www.wrlandconservancy.org.

Contacts

Third Federal
David Reavis, 216-429-5036
or
Western
Reserve Land Conservancy
Elizabeth Grace, 216-513-4073