December 14, 2012

Conservation Fund Awards Grants to Support Environmental Preservation in the Region

Master Gardeners of Greene County, Friends of Aullwood, Inc., and the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, Inc., have been selected as recipients for grants this year from The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund of The Dayton Foundation. The fund was established in 2006 by The Dayton Foundation in partnership with several local environmentalists and community leaders to support environmental preservation in Greater Dayton for today and for future generations.

Master Gardeners of Greene County received a $5,000 grant for the Landscaping the Little Miami Scenic Trail in Spring Valley Project. The grant will be used to create plant identification signs, educational factsheets and other amenities along the walking trail. This will help educate the public about the value and beauty of native plants in the landscape. The grant also will be used to landscape blighted areas where the trail intersects with Main Street in Spring Valley.

Friends of Aullwood, Inc., received a $2,500 grant for the Engaging Students in Conservation Action by Managing the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Project. The grant will be used to create interactive displays and interpretive signage that will help educate visitors about the devastating effects of the EAB. Funds also will be used to engage urban students in hands-on research and forest restoration and preservation, necessary due to the EAB’s effects at Aullwood Audubon and Farm.

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, Inc., (BCWA) also received a $2,500 grant for the Wetland Invasive Plant Control Project. The grant will help with costs associated with eliminating non-native aggressive plants, which threaten to destroy many of the 500 native plants on the nearly 2,000 acres of wetlands now being cared for by the BCWA.

Grants from the Greater Dayton Conservation Fund are awarded by a nine-member steering committee to support organizations or programs that help protect the region’s natural environment through education, acquisition, restoration and scientific research; encourage collaborations and regional land conservation; and leverage cooperation and support for various efforts of like-minded organizations. Nearly $60,000 in grants has been awarded from the fund to date.

Individuals interested in contributing to the cause are invited to make contributions or to join The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund’s Founders Society. To learn more about the fund, individuals may contact Janice McLefresh at (937) 225-9971 at The Dayton Foundation.

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File date: 9.17.14

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