Parks & Forests

Ault Park Honeysuckle Removal

Friends of Ault Park are prepping to plant more trees but in order to do so they need to remove all that pesky honeysuckle that is in the way. If you are interested in a Saturday of Service, sign up today! We will meet at the small shelter which is just off of Observatory Circle near the garden. There is plenty of parking there! Click this link to sign up: http://www.takingroot.info/volunteer-opportunity/honeysuckle-removal-at-ault-park-2/

Ohio Land Bank Conference

Join land bank board members and staff, county and municipal officials, community and economic development officers, community development corporations and all those interested in re-purposing vacant and abandoned properties and revitalizing our neighborhoods at the seventh annual Ohio Land Bank Conference.

4th Saturday Cleanup! Camp Chase Trail Greater Hilltop Segment

Please join this month's 4th Saturday Cleanup which will focus on the Camp Chase Trail's Greater Hilltop segment between Sylvan Road and Eureka Ave.

The goal is to clean up and maintain the Camp Chase Trail and treat families, neighbors, visitors and trail friends with a wonderful Westside experience.

This cleanup is a partnership between Friends of the Hilltop, Summer Jam West, Friends of Camp Chase Trail and Columbus Westside Running Club with support from Kroger Store #598 (Consumer Square West) and KEEP COLUMBUS BEAUTIFUL.

Join me in speaking up for public lands

Your voice is important and powerful.

I should know, as Senator Randy Gardner did the right thing for Ohio by publicly announcing that he is against drilling in state parks, quoting the following letter that I wrote to him:

“Sen. Randall L. Gardner,

I urge you to vote against effort to override Governor Kasich's line item veto the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission Amendment to the budget bill.

Statement from the Ohio Environmental Council on the Potential Purchase of ReCreation Lands by the State of Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced an initial plan to purchase ReCreation lands in eastern Ohio from American Electric Power (AEP). The first 7,000 acre purchase would be part of a larger 60,000 acre tract of reclaimed mines, which AEP has indicated they are willing to sell.

The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part to Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director of the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC):

Rover Pipeline builders suggest recent spills were “sabotage,” point finger at everyone but themselves

Well, the plot thickens: Yesterday we learned that the parent-company of Rover, Energy Transfer Partners, filed a rebuttal against a stop-work-order for new construction of the pipeline.

This is likely another attempt to draw out negotiations and stall on complying with state and federal orders to clean up their mess.

OEC Citizen Training: Public Lands Defense

Join the OEC in a citizen action training, with an opportunity to learn how to write letters to the editor on public lands issues! LTEs can be a powerful tactic for raising awareness about critical issues and grabbing the attention of important decision makers who often browse LTEs to get a pulse on what their constituents are talking about. In this training, you'll learn the basics of LTE writing, how to submit your LTE, and compelling messages about public lands protection from a public health, outdoor, and conservation perspective. Sign up today and invite your friends and family!

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