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Longbeard Prairies at Hueston Woods State Park- Saturday, June 15, 2019


In 2014, the Shady Hollow Longbeards, Preble County’s chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, initiated a long-term plan to enhance wildlife habitats on a 14-acre parcel along Hedgerow Road within Hueston Woods State Park. Volunteers eradicated exotic vegetation before planting 34 species of native grasses and wildflowers, and used excavating equipment to improve a vernal pool, which was also planted with native vegetation. Adding signage, a trail system, an observation blind, footbridge, and wildlife nesting structures completed their plan. In 2018, the Longbeards completed a pollinator habitat project on a 5-acre plot at the ODOT’s Morning Sun Outpost, just north of the entrance to Hueston Woods.

A partner in the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative, a statewide coalition of organizations working to develop pollinator habitat and to educate Ohioans about the critical importance of pollinators, their objective was to establish a diverse stand of native grasses and wildflowers to benefit resident and migrant pollinators, enhance the property’s aesthetic qualities, and eliminate the need to periodically mow idle land.

We will meet at the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) at 8:00 am and proceed to the Hedgerow Rd. parking lot on the south side of the grassland wildlife project area in Hueston Woods. The tour will be led by Eric Hollins with assistance from habitat project managers. After a tour of the Hedgerow project area, we will drive to the ODOT facility to visit the pollinator project.

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