As part of Earth Month, Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries will be planting native trees at Cooper Park, 5750 Cooper Road in north Columbus, on Saturday, April 30.

As part of Earth Month, Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries will be planting native trees at Cooper Park, 5750 Cooper Road in north Columbus, on Saturday, April 30.

The planting will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.

Volunteers are needed to help to plant and water more than 300 new bushes and trees within this Columbus parkland and along the Alum Creek Greenway trail.

The watershed restoration project will also include removing invasive honeysuckle bushes and trash cleanup.

Participants should meet at the park's picnic shelter by the playground.

They should wear work clothes and sturdy shoes or boots, and bring shovels, long-handled loppers or saws.

FACT will provide some tools, gloves, beverages and snacks for the assistants.

Otterbein University students and WellPoint Inc. employees are also planning to assist as part of their community service day.

The project's purpose is to restore some of park's grass fields and streamside banks around sensitive waterways to their original woodland and prairie habitat. Creating an expanded natural greenway buffer will slow stormwater runoff that can cause adverse sediment erosion, pollution and flooding of nearby waterways.

The mission of Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries is to preserve and protect the quality and beauty of the Alum Creek watershed and promote environmentally responsible recreation, educational opportunities, and citizen participation at many levels. FACT is a local not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization.

More information is available by calling the FACT office at (614) 569-8544, emailing info@friendsofalumccreek.org or online at www.friendsofalumcreek.org.