Road cleanup report

The final report from picking up trash around the ditches in front of the Whiteford Stoneco Community Park over the weekend:

11 bags of trash

2 tires

1 2×4

1 6-foot long plank of wood

1 50-ton hydraulic jack stand

1 flip flop

2 rolls of carpet

1 metal sign from an Ohio Realtor

1 empty black purse (“The Bride” it said on the side)

1 dead deer (left alone)

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Conservancy group eyes 14 township park acres

By Doug Donnelly, doug@monroenews.com
OTTAWA LAKE — The Nature Conservancy got the okay Tuesday from the Whiteford Township Board to set up a management plan to restore a rare alvar prairie to 14 acres of the township-owned park.
The prairie is so rare that only a couple are thought to still exist in the western Lake Erie Basin.
“It’s the only one that we know of that can still be protected,” said Mike Losey, a crew leader with the Nature Conservancy.
The prairie is part of the larger Oak Openings Region that includes sections of northwest Ohio and Monroe County. It sets on the Whiteford Stoneco Community Park land. The Conservancy was granted permission for two years to enhance about 14 acres of property that is now overgrown with invasive plants and grasses.
Mr. Losey himself will bring a crew to the park and begin clearing the woods of the non-native species. It likely will include a prescribed burn that should allow the native grasses to flourish.
“This area is a hotbed for biodiversity,” Mr. Losey said. “This will benefit wildlife and people.”
The park property was donated to the township a few years ago by Stoneco, which vacated the land it once used to stockpile stone for its nearby quarries. The township since has developed four baseball and two softball diamonds on the 96-acre park but has left most of the wooded area untouched.
Mr. Losey and Lindsey Reinarz, also with The Nature Conservancy, found out about the alvar prairie and have been investigating what it will take to restore about 14 acres of the woods to a more natural habitat.
The project will be of no cost or liability to the township. The Nature Conservancy pays for the entire project and can teach local residents how to take care of it in the future, should grant funding expire. Eventually, Mr. Losey said, box turtles, grassland birds and butterflies and natural grasses such as big bluestem and Indian grass, should reappear on the site. The woods will be cleared from the ground up, allowing more sunlight to hit the ground and walking trails that the township has begun clearing could be enhanced to allow for access.
The township board unanimously agreed Tuesday to let Ms. Reinarz and Mr. Losey assemble a team and get to work on the project. Mr. Losey said he estimates it could take a team three weeks to do the bulk of the project, then the conservancy will be monitoring it regularly.
The township, meanwhile, will look for other grant money to fund interpretive signs that park users could use to educate themselves about the Oak Openings Region and the alvar prairie.

May and June schedule


April

~ May 2012 ~

June

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

1WRC LB field 2
6-8 p.m.WRC LB field 46-8 p.m.WRC 12u field 35:30-6:30

WRC 10u field 3

6:30-7:45

Copperheads, field 1, 6-7:15

2WRC PM 3 6-7WRC PM 4 6-7 3WRC LB field 2
6-8 p.m.WRC LB field 46-8 p.m.WRC 12u field 35:30-6:30

WRC 10u field 3

6:30-7:45

State Line Christian Schools, 4 p.m., Field 1 (Game)

 

4WRC batting practice 4-6 5
6 7WRC PM field 3 6p.m. 8WRC LB field 3
6-8 p.m.WRC LB field 46-8 p.m.WRC 10u field 2p
9WRC PM field 46 p.m.

State Line Thunder, field 2, 6 p.m. (game)

10WRC LB field 2
6-8 p.m.WRC LB field 3 6-8 p.m.Beck, 630-830 p.m., field 1 practice
11WRC batting practice 4-6State Line Christian Schools, 4 p.m., Field 1 (Game) 12Copperheads-11g
13 14WRC PM field 3 6p.m. (g)State Line Christian Schools, 4 p.m., Field 1 (Game) 15WRC LB field 3
5:30-7 p.m. (g)WRC LB field 45:30-7 pm. (g)WRC 10u field 2p
16WRC PM field 36 p.m. (g) 17WRC LB field 2
5:30-7 p.m. (g)WRC LB field 35:30-7 pm. (g)
18WRC batting practice 4-6 19Copperheads-11g
20 21WRC PM field 3 6p.m. (g) 22WRC LB field 3
5:30-7 p.m. (g)WRC LB field 45:30-7 pm. (g)WRC 10u field 2p
23WRC PM field 3 6p.m. (g) 24WRC LB field 3
5:30-7 p.m. (g)WRC LB field 45:30-7 pm. (g)State Line Thunder, 6g field 2 
25WRC batting practice 4-6 26
27 28MEMORIAL DAYNO GAMESSCHEDULED 29WRC LB field 3
5:30-7 p.m. (g)WRC LB field 45:30-7 pm. (g)WRC 10u field 2pCopperheads-6p field 1
30WRC PM field 3 6p.m. (g) 31WRC LB field 2
5:30-7 p.m. (g)WRC LB field 35:30-7 pm. (g)
Notes:


May

~ June 2012 ~

July

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

1WRC batting practice 4-6 2
3 4WRC PM field 36p.m. (g)

5WRC LB field 3
5:30-7 p.m.WRC LB field 45:30-7 pm.WRC 10u field 2p
6Copperheads-6g(field 1) 7WRC LB field 2
5:30-7 p.m.WRC LB field 35:30-7 pm.
8WRC batting practice 4-6 9Copperheads-11g(field 1)
10 11WRC PM field 36p.m. (g) 12WRC LB field 3
5:30-7 p.m.WRC LB field 45:30-7 pm.WRC 10u field 2pCopperheads-6p

(field 1)

13WRC PM field 36p.m. (g) 14WRC LB field 2
5:30-7 p.m.WRC LB field 35:30-7 pm.
15WRC batting practice 4-6 16
17 18 19WRC LB field 3
5:30-7 p.m.WRC LB field 45:30-7 pm.WRC 10u field 2p
20 21WRC LB field 2
5:30-7 p.m.WRC LB field 35:30-7 pm.
22WRC batting practice 4-6 23
24 25 26WRC LB field 3
5:30-7 p.m.WRC LB field 45:30-7 pm.WRC 10u field 2pCopperheads-6g

(field 1)

27Copperheads-6 p.m. game (field 1) 28WRC LB field 3
5:30-7 p.m.WRC LB field 45:30-7 pm.State Line Thunder, 6g field 2 
29WRC batting practice 4-6 30

REVISED 5-1-12 by Doug Donnelly

 

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