12/9/14
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Ohio EPA Awards $11,717 Environmental Education Grant to Five Rivers MetroParks

An environmental education grant will help make Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark more visitor-friendly through interpretive signs, plant identification markers and informational literature. Five Rivers MetroParks has been awarded an $11,717 Ohio Environmental Education grant from Ohio EPA. Ten grants were awarded statewide for $269,334.

Huffman Prairie is the largest black soil prairie remnant in Ohio. Since the site was rediscovered in 1986, the prairie has been the focus of successful habitat restoration work.

The signs and brochures will provide information about the natural history, ecology and human history of the site, as well as the native plant and wildlife populations. The project includes organized prairie walks, bird watching events and botanical programs that will reach 5,000 people.

Five Rivers MetroParks is collaborating with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. Eligible grant recipients include nonprofit organizations, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional associations, businesses and state and local governments.

The next grant application deadline is Jan. 15, 2015, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by Jan. 8. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at (614) 644-2873.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.


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