Cincinnati Parks Closes Out a Great Year Improving Our Natural Environment

Natural Resource Management Division Planting Trees at Volunteer Outing in Laurel Park with MadTree Brewing Co.

Cincinnati Parks Closes Out a Great Year Improving Our Natural Environment

See How You Can Help Make 2021 Even Better

As we say ‘Peace Out’ to 2020, Cincinnati Parks’ Natural Resource & Land Management team has been up to great things.

After months of furlough this summer, the Greenspace team came back in full force to tame both the administrative tasks and gateway landscapes. Cincinnati Parks’ Greenspace program is dedicated to beautifying public greenspaces in community business districts, downtown Cincinnati, main arteries, traffic islands, highway entrances, community gateways, park-like settings and other public areas. These efforts propel economic growth throughout the city of Cincinnati and our communities. Our staff is ready to hit the ground running come spring.

Over the past six months, Explore Nature!, our nature education team, has engaged with audiences through smaller, in-person programming, weekly Facebook lives and virtual camps. They also continued their educational programming with children at Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC). Connecting with nature helps reduce anxiety and improves mental and physical health. Keep an eye out for more virtual programming from our nature education staff.

The woodland restoration project is underway at Burnet Woods thanks to invasive species removal efforts by Parks staff, volunteers and contracted partners. The first task for our contracted partner, Mad Scientist Associates, is to develop an all-encompassing management plan that will outline an approach to each of the areas in Burnet Woods.

Invasive species, like honeysuckle, are a constant battle in Cincinnati Parks. Invasive plants are non-native species that threaten Ohio’s natural areas by outcompeting natural vegetation. When invasive species go unchecked, wildlife suffers due to the reduction in availability of native food sources.

Many hands make light work, and your work is invaluable. Cincinnati Parks offers one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities available to provide you with a rewarding and satisfying volunteer experience. From getting your hands dirty in the parks to engaging the community for nature programs – there are opportunities for everyone. Sign up online today.

Ushering 2021 with a fresh outdoor breeze and hopeful spirits abound at Cincinnati Parks.

Urban Forestry Program Community Street Trees Planting Totals July 2019 to June 2020

Image of Land Surface Temperature Coverage as it relates to Cincinnati Tree Canopy Coverage