July 9, 2018 Innings
“Mill Creek By The Mile”
by Ken Carman
Mill Creek By The Mile is a proposed project for removing all of the Amur Honeysuckle and other invasive plants growing along the banks of the Mill Creek beginning with Sharonville, Evendale, and Reading.
The Problem – Amur Honeysuckle is by far the most abundant plant growing along the banks and immediately adjacent to the Mill Creek. This is a catastrophic problem for several reasons: It replaces native plants. It causes erosion. Stream Biodiversity is affected. Amur Honeysuckle (AH) provides an unnatural cover for deer, which can increase deer populations and spread of Lyme Disease.
The Solution – The two primary keys to a successful campaign to remove AH and other invasive plants from along the Mill Creek will be permission from property owners, and funding.
The Benefits- This project will draw attention to the Mill Creek to show the country that small creeks like this, can be a valuable resource. The creek can play a crucial role as a primary migration corridor for migrating birds. With removal of the invasive plants, it will allow a marked increase in native plants.
Parks/Nature Preserves – There are several parks that border the Mill Creek, but there is a substantial amount of additional frontage that could easily be converted into small parks or nature preserves.
The Plan- Recruiting a large tree company to remove the honeysuckle.
What would it take to persuade businesses with property on one or both sides of the Mill Creek to donate, lease, or otherwise make available the portion of their land that is the Mill Creek or immediately adjacent? This is land that realistically has little other use, and could further increase the amount of park/nature preserve space along the Mill Creek.
Chipping or moving the cut down material, stump treatment, preventing re-growth, and replanting.
Long Term – The long term strategy for keeping the plants from growing back is that the commitment from each contributing partner would continue, but at a reduced level.
Pollinator Plus Museum – The PPM could become a major revenue stream for the removal of invasive plants along the Mill Creek, and keeping it maintained moving forward.
Ken Carman Bios:
Ken grew up in a home looking over Harbor Point in Winton Woods. He mentored under the park district naturalists through the seventies, as his passion for the natural world grew. More recently Ken managed a beautiful nature preserve in South Carolina for five years, before coming back to Ohio to care for his elderly parents. In 2016 Ken started Pollinators Plus, and is working on plans to open a Pollinator Museum, and wage an all out war on invasive plants in our area. Tonight Ken is hear to talk to us about his plan to remove invasive plants from all along the Mill Creek, as a way of launching the War.