2008-04-19 / Editorials & Letters

Friends of Cranberry Bog get a great start

Editor:

The inaugural project of Friends of Cranberry Bog was a SUCCESS!

A "success" because of the "in kind donations" and efforts of hard working volunteers who tolerated high wind and temperature in the 40s for a common cause: To lengthen the life of Cranberry Bog.

Volunteers began calling three weeks ago after The Beacon and Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association ran articles. The morning team had 20 volunteers and the afternoon team had 11. We were expertly directed by Steve Maurer, Chief of ODNR's Division of Preserves and Natural Areas and by long-time bog carekeeper, Greg Seymour, a Preserves and Natural Areas manager.

It was a success because of the level of cooperation for a public and private initiative thanks to in kind donations from:

• Jacksontown United Methodist Church and Waters Edge Community Center prepared lunch for both teams.

• Food donations from Albanese Food Gallery, T C Market and Kroger.

• Pizza from CatfishCharleys and Pizza Cottage

• Protective disposable jump suits from Buckeye Lake Historical Society

• Protective disposable gloves from The Dawes Arboretum

• ODNR Preserves and Natural Areas for the equipment we used on the bog.

Throughout this year's growing season, we will be setting up work days every four or six weeks to remove the invasive vegetation (poison sumac and other fast growing trees) from encroaching into the cranberry meadows. The volunteer hours and "in kind" donations will be used in the future to seek grants for larger projects the organizers of Friends of Cranberry Bog have in mind.

If you're interested in helping out with your time, financial donations or "in kind" donations please call George O'Donnel at 740.928.1274 or J-me Braig at 740.929.1998.

Thanks to our volunteers and donors, Cranberry Bog meadows won't have as much competition with invasive vegetation. You can make a difference. George O'Donnel Buckeye Lake

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