ACTION! Stop the Destruction of the Paul Knoop Prairie in Dayton, OH!

Citizens wanted to speak out at the City of Dayton Commissioner Meeting on Wednesday, June 12 at 101 W. Third Street, Dayton OH. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the meeting starts to register to speak (late submissions are not accepted). You will have three minutes to speak; the Clerk will provide instructions.
Background: In 1995, with Marie Aull’s support, Paul Knoop and other Aullwood staff planted what became the Paul Knoop Prairie on approximately 140 acres of airport property adjacent to Aullwood Farm at the corner of Frederick Pike and U.S. 40 (National Road). This prairie still thrives and is one of the oldest reconstructed prairies in the State of Ohio. It attracts hundreds of resident and migratory birds and mammals, and thousands of species of insects, butterflies and bees each year.

Even more critical is the fact that it is flourishing on and protecting 120 acres of the watershed for Wiles Creek and it is, in fact, the headwaters to this critical tributary of the Stillwater River. Wiles Creek runs through the Aullwood Audubon property, providing key habitat throughout our 200 acres and then flows into Marie Aull’s garden where it has been a central landscape element of this National Historic Landmark.

The City of Dayton and the Dayton International Airport have rezoned the Paul Knoop Prairie and now have a buyer interested in purchasing the property for commercial/industrial construction. Press reports have indicated that NorthPoint Development is the buyer for the proposed project. This is a tragic blow to Marie Aull’s legacy and to the environmental welfare of Aullwood, Marie’s garden, and to our region. It is impossible to predict all of the negative environmental consequences that this action will cause.

Last Wednesday, more than 50 people spoke to the Commissioners against the destruction of the Knoop Prairie and asking that the prairie, in its entirety should be permanently preserved. We want to continue the momentum and let the Commissioners know there is great public interest in this issue.

Talking points:

  • Oppose the destruction of the prairie.
  • Ask for a public meeting to be held quickly – this has been promised but not scheduled.

For more information or to be added to our mailing list for this issue, please email [email protected]. Thank you!

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