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The following was Bret's response, and the end of our communication. Below, I pick it apart, including many of the lies that it contains.

Bret Henninger <bhenninger@greatparks.org>
Sep 21

 to me 
Dear Mr. Carman,

You must have seen our management efforts at the Francis property recently. We mow patches of the field there to control invasive pear. As you likely know, managing this species is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. One application of an herbicide on the stump isn’t adequate to kill the plant. The management practice used here requires that pear must be cut several times during the growing season to distress the plant, before treatment. So, the strategy here is to bush hog the field now, before it’s dormant. The second stage is to mow again this fall. The third stage is to cut it again in the spring, then treat the stump. This will make the plants susceptible to smaller amounts of herbicide when we have staff or volunteers cut and spray regrowth in the spring. Just to be clear, the mowing wasn’t a result of your earlier request, this was already in the pipeline as part of a long-term management strategy. This is why I suggested joining Stew Crew, so that your efforts could be part of an effective long-term strategy.

You probably also noticed that the entire field wasn’t bush hogged, only the dense pear stands. These smaller areas will not be available to monarchs next year if the pear isn’t managed now. So, it always makes sense to take the long-term sustainability of a habitat into consideration, and not just a single year’s productivity.

Lastly, thank you for submitting your proposal, but it does not fit our needs at this time.

Thank you,


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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