Museum & Pollinator Habitats
Director of Natural Resources Position
- Hire me as the director at a part time salary of $12,000/yr.
- Use the remaining difference in pay to hire one or two assistants who specialize in key areas of natural resource management.
- Solicit feedback from any and all district staff about what they feel should be the priorities of the Natural Resources department.
- Create a team of advisers to the department consisting of representatives from outside local conservation organizations such as Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society, local Audubon Society chapter, local Native Plant Society chapter, local Wild Ones, chapter, etc.
- Form an army of motivated volunteers to address key issues regarding natural resource management.
- Form committees of local residents for each of the key areas of natural resources in Great Parks. Those local residents could most certainly be Great Parks employees.
Areas of Natural Resources Management
•Invasive Plant Management •Pollinator Habitat Management (includes creation of habitat) •Lakes •Rivers, streams, and creeks •Forested Areas •Meadows •Landscaped Areas •Nuisance Wildlife Management (Deer, Coyote, etc.)
- Interpretive Walks - Interpretive nature walks should be led at at least one park property, every week of the year. These walks should be offered on a regular consistent schedule, and location(s) should be announced well in advance. Let demand dictate how many walks are led each week, and how often they are led. Staffing cost should not be a factor because there are hundreds of highly qualified local residents that could lead many of these walks as a volunteer. There should also be regular bird walks led at at least one of the parks each week, as well as guided nature photography walks.
- Wildlife Photograph Albums - There should be a collection of wildlife albums for each of the parks, as well as a master collection of albums for the district as a whole. Each park, and the district as a whole should have individual albums for a variety of kinds of flora and fauna including birds, butterflies, wildflowers, fungi, and at least 10 other albums . . . again, for each park, and the district as a whole. There should also be albums for all of the key features, and scenes at each park, so that residents, and future visitors can have a clear understanding and expectation of what they might observe or encounter on a visit to one of the parks.
- Master Naturalist Program - Need more qualified interpretive nature guides? Train them right here in the parks. Charge a fee, and require a certain amount of volunteer hours which can be fulfilled . . . by leading walks!