LOUA has a strong connection with The Ohio State University. We have OSU professors and students on our steering committee, and there is no way that we could have planted all of the many trees within the Arboretum or cleared out tons (or so it seemed!) of invasive honeysuckle without the help of Ohio State students.
But there are some other things that Ohio State has been doing on its own to help out our environment. The biggest thing (in my humble opinion) is the fact that Ohio State wants to purchase 25% of its energy needs from an Ohio wind farm. This will help put Ohio State in the lead for buying renewable energy, continuing the university’s commitment to sustainability. Pete keeps saying that he wants to put a windmill in our backyard. As long as it looks like it should be located in Holland, I don’t have a problem with that!
Check out this video about OSU’s Green Initiative:
Secondly, Ohio State announced its new network for environmental professionals. Students as well as community professionals can learn more about the network at epn.osu.edu. The network hopes to provide a place where environmental professionals can get together to better serve their constituents, exchange ideas, have questions answered, and share information.
Finally, OSU’s wetlands have provided research on how man-made wetlands compare to natural wetlands. Turns out the man-made wetlands aren’t quite up to efficiency of wetlands that just happen. Plants that were thought to be invasive, such as cattails, worked very efficiently to capture more carbon dioxide, more so than other native plants.
Until next time!
Are there any grapevine woods in and around the OSU Area? These are springing up everywhere in our metroparks, and there are some along the bike trails and even in some of the honeysuckle hedges. This is a vine ecology, that very people are interested in today.
My husband says that grapevines are common in eastern deciduous forests. He also says they aren’t considered detrimental typically. Grapes are good food source for wildlife. Does that help?
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I am just asking if there are any significant grape vines in and around the campus area. The Grape Vine Woods once reached 200 feet and were three to four feet at the base. I have never seen them that large, but I have run across some sizeable ones. The temperate zone vine ecologies have been pretty much ignored. Grape vines do strange things to trees and many people in the past considered them horrific weeds.
We aren’t aware of anything like that. I’ve never seen one more than 8 inches in diameter. I can imagine something larger than that would have been a sight to see!
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Around Greenlawn Cemetery, going in the original way bythe mausoleum, there is a ditch to the left. There is a low bridge there – and the new gate and where the old gate was. The prairie is in the cemetery on the left, if anyone is interested. If you follow the ditch on your right, there is a big grape vine. I saw it some years ago, so it should be bigger now. People are always chopping these vines now. I compost by the railroad tracks and off E. 11th Avenue, there is this abandoned railroad embankment with a strange little bush honeysuckle planting and lots and lots of trash – I saw one grapevine. Sometimes the grapevine seems to be bonsai. It is old but never got big – maybe because the ground was poisoned and dead back in the fifties or early sixties, when the really nutty spraying and burnings went on.
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