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Bret Henninger <bhenninger@greatparks.org>
Aug 29 (1 day ago)

 to me, Amy, Todd

Hi Ken,

Thanks so much for all the information and photos of the Francis Tract. As you know, we have planted some trees on the tract which we hope will serve as buffers to screen adjacent developments. However, in the short term we are mowing this area annually to provide benefits to meadow species, and to control invasive pear. 

Your information and interest in this parcel of park land is somewhat timely. Great Parks is beginning the process of coming up with a comprehensive master plan for the organization. This should be complete in 18 months, then we will embark on a series of park-specific master plans. This process will culminate in a series of public engagement sessions, where we will ask for your ideas on what is desired by citizens in each of their parks.

In the meantime, keep an eye on this website: mygreatparks.com which will be the website for the master planning process (It’s currently inactive, but will be up soon). This will be the place to note where you can get involved.

Secondly, we’d love to have your help in management of natural areas. The important thing about control of callery pear is that we need to treat the stump with herbicide after cutting. So, I would encourage you to connect as a volunteer with our Stew Crew, which is a group of volunteers that work in natural areas management in the parks. Staff accompany these groups and will follow volunteers as they cut to apply herbicide to the fresh cutting, which kills the plant. Otherwise, it will just re-sprout. Connecting with this group will make sure any activity you do doesn’t conflict with a management project that is using a more effective method or tactic, or cut trees that have been treated and are being monitored as part of a research project.

Go to our volunteer page at www.greatparks.org and express interest in the stew crew. They have great fun working together on natural area projects.

Thanks for your interest in helping manage our natural resources.



Bret Henninger

Natural Resources Director

513-728-3551 ext. 265 
Great Parks of Hamilton County
10245 Winton Rd. | Cincinnati, OH 45231


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