Creating a Hard Road Native Corridor

March 23, 2017
Pollinating at Fort Ancient
Steve Herminghausen, Lead Librarian at the Northwest Library, is leading a project in the Northwest Columbus area near the Northwest Library to educate and encourage residents and property owners along the Hard Road area to replant their properties with native plants, shrubs, and trees, and to practice sustainable methods in their yards.  This area has been affected by a couple years of road widening construction.

He has set up several open house events where he will have representatives from various groups available to meet with the public to answer questions and to discuss the benefits of planting natives and removing invasive plants and how they might create or improve habitats for birds and pollinators. Some groups include Franklin County Master Gardeners, FLOW, Ohio Invasive Plant Council, Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands, and Dawes Arboretum.

Unfortunately, due to some confusion and miscommunication, this request is getting out late. However, would some area OCVNs like to add more of a naturalist-educational component to the events?  All of the events are happening at the Northwest Library (2280 Hard Road, Columbus, 43235).  The third date scheduled is Monday, May 1 from 6:30-8:00pm.  Also, another related event - a work day on Saturday, April 15th from 9am-3pm, will consist of cleaning up the corridor, removing some invasives, distributing plants, and assisting people with planning and planting as needed.

If any Franklin/Delaware County OCVNs are interested in helping to create the Hard Road Native Corridor either by staffing events or in helping to recommend plants or organize work, he would be more than happy to give them further details.  Please contact Steve directly at the number below.

Thanks for your consideration,
Columbus, OH 43235
614.807.2651 phone
614.807.2659 fax

(I’m currently reading Coming of age at the end of nature: a generation faces living on a changed planet ).