The planting event is part of FirstEnergy’s commitment to plant over 14,000 trees this spring
RITTMAN, Ohio, May 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — For the second consecutive year, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) donated 500 trees to the Town of Rittman William T. Robertson Nature Preserve in Wayne County, Ohio. A variety of deciduous trees have been planted on May 6 by employees of FirstEnergy and its Ohio Edison utility company in the 210-acre nature preserve to complement the 520 trees donated and planted by FirstEnergy in October 2021.
Since April 2021, FirstEnergy has donated and planted more than 17,000 trees across its five-state service territory. The company is on track to plant more than 14,000 additional trees this spring. This initiative is an important part of the company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, promote the responsible use of natural resources and help advance sustainable practices.
Led by the FirstEnergy Green Team in the Northeast Ohiotree planting event rittman is one of many projects employees will complete this year to help parks, nature preserves and nearby communities across FirstEnergy’s footprint.
“FirstEnergy contributed the funds to cover the cost of the trees, and over a dozen employee volunteers spent several hours planting them around the nature reserve, which will be appreciated by the public and many of our local employees. and their families,” said Carole TremblySenior Scientist and Green Team Leader at FirstEnergy.
FirstEnergy’s 10 Green Teams are made up of employees from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia who volunteer their time and talents to support a wide variety of environmental initiatives. The groups plan to continue to partner in the future with state park systems, watershed and recycling groups, garden clubs, schools and other environmentally focused organizations to support FirstEnergy’s commitment to building a better and more sustainable future.
The William T. Robertson Nature Preserve, which opened to the public last fall, is located on the east side of rittman on property vacated by a large industrial corporation in 2006. The reserve provides the community with 7.2 miles of walking and hiking trails as well as bird watching and kayaking opportunities.
“These trees will help establish and restore forest habitat in the reserve and we look forward to monitoring and supporting them as they mature,” said rittman Mayor William Robertson. “We appreciate FirstEnergy and Ohio Edison’s continued efforts to preserve our local environment so that our plants, trees and animals can continue to thrive for many years to come.”
In addition to tree donations from FirstEnergy, the FirstEnergy Foundation has donated approximately $41,000 to Town of Rittman in December 2021 to create a renewable energy laboratory in the nature reserve for community use. The funds will help convert the property into a sustainable nature and land laboratory where students and residents can gather, work, learn and brainstorm ideas.
For more information on FirstEnergy’s environmental and corporate responsibility efforts, please visit www.fecorporateresponsibility.com.
FirstEnergy is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electricity distribution companies form one of the largest investor-owned electricity networks in the country, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The Company’s transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.comand on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.
Editor’s note: Photos of FirstEnergy employees planting the trees in the nature reserve are available for download here.
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