Parks, natural areas receive funding

Six parks and natural areas in Southwest Ohio will receive funding for improvements from the Southwest RiverLands chapter of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists.

Grants ranging form $250 to $500 were awarded to these six, selected from a total of 10 applications from Southwest Ohio. Local organizations receiving funds include the Nature Center Association of Caesar Creek for signage at land laboratories, Rivers Unlimited for stream cleanup on the Little and Great Miami Rivers, Friends of Warren County Park District for a bluebird trail at Gulley Park and Trails, and the Warren County Foundation for the removal of invasive shrubs at Miller Ecological Park.

Other recipients of grants include the Buck Creek State Park (Clark County) and the Glen Helen Ecology Institute (Greene County).

The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists is a statewide organization of volunteer naturalists who earned certification through 40 hours of training provided by the Ohio State University Extension Service. The OCVN mission is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio's natural resources through science-based education and community service.” For more information, contact an OSU extension office or visit the website at ocvn.osu.edu/about-ocvn.

The Southwest Chapter has over 100 members, all of whom earn continuing certification through advanced training and volunteer service in area nature centers, parks and reserves. Grants were made from funds remaining after paying all expenses associated with the Southwest RiverLands hosting of the 2013 State OCVN Convention held at Caesar Creek State Park in April of this year and attended by over 150 nature enthusiasts from across the state.

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