HuberParkDemoBuffer_smallOn November 14, 2014, staff from MAD Scientist and Associates, the City of Reynoldsburg Department of Parks and Recreation, and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District planted trees and shrubs as a stream buffer in Huber Park in Reynoldsburg.

This streamside buffer demonstration site is being created by OSU Extension and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District as the culminating activity of a 2009-2013 federal grant received by OSU’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) from USDA to promote urban streamside landowner education. Landowner focus groups, workshops and Web-based resources preceded the installation. Grant funds were used to purchase the plants used in the buffer, which will be used for Extension and professional development education programs. It will also be helpful to landowners looking for a more planned design to mesh with the landscaping in their yards. There is a perception that stream buffers are weedy, messy-looking areas of untended yard, which leads to the harmful practice of mowing to the stream’s edge.

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