Volunteer

Reforestation Volunteers. 

Join our Reforestation efforts at Metroparks Toledo. In 2019 we will be focusing on both Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Manhattan Marsh, a new park under development. Volunteers will assist with tree shelter installation & repair, staking the newly planted trees and mulching or installing weed mat. All volunteers for Reforestation must be age 14 and up. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Schedule of Reforestation Work Days 

Wednesday, April 10
9 a.m. to noon
Fallen Timbers Battlefield: Bare Root Tree Planting
Volunteer Activity: Repairing tree shelters from previous tree plantings

Tuesday, April 23
9 a.m. to noon
Manhattan Marsh: Bare Root Tree Planting
Volunteer Activity: Installing tree shelters, stakes and weed mats

Wednesday, April 24
9 a.m. to noon
Fallen Timbers Battlefield: Bare Root Tree Planting
Volunteer Activity: Mulching around newly planted trees

Thursday, April 25
9 a.m. to noon
Manhattan Marsh: Bare Root Tree Planting
Volunteer Activity: Mulching around newly planted trees

Wednesday, May 8
9 a.m. to noon
Manhattan Marsh:  Ball & Burlap Tree Planting
Volunteer Activity: Removing cages from roots, filling with dirt, installing stakes and weed mat/mulch

Thursday, May 9
9 a.m. to noon
Manhattan Marsh: Ball & Burlap Tree Planting
Volunteer Activity: Removing cages from roots, filling in with dirt, installing stakes & weed mat/mulch

Returning VolunteersLog onto Volgistics to sign up for any of these shifts. You'll find them under the "Reforestation" assignment.

New Volunteers: complete a Metroparks Volunteer Application and list reforestation in the assignment box. Once your application has been processed, you'll be sent instructions.

Volunteer Groups: If you'd like to bring a group of volunteers, please contact Kelly Griffin by email or 419-407-9840 to register.


About the Project

At Fallen Timbers Battlefield in Maumee, Metroparks will plant six species of trees: red and white oaks, hickories, black cherries, walnuts and maples.

Manhattan Marsh, a new Metropark under development, is located in North Toledo. Metroparks will be planting bare root trees to reforest areas that have been cleared as well as ball & burlap trees to provide beautification and shade.

Trees grow about one foot per year under good conditions, so it will take 20 to 30 years for the newly planted areas to begin to resemble a forest ecosystem. That's why it is important to use tree shelters (white tubes) to protect the trees from deer, rabbits and other animals to give them a healthy start. Generally it takes the trees about three years to begin to grow out of the tubes. 


How the Project works

In the video below, Tim Gallaher, natural resources manager, explains how bare root trees are prepared, planted and protected at the project site.