Great Parks Foundation is committed to enhancing conservation initiatives at Great Parks of Hamilton County, such as habitat restoration, species preservation, land acquisition, and more. With support from individuals, corporate sponsors, and grantmakers, the Foundation has funded a variety of projects. Read about a few of these projects below and use the Contribute button to invest in conservation today.
Great Parks of Hamilton County is working to save the monarch butterfly. Monarchs are in a critical decline, due to habitat loss throughout their range. In our region, they depend on several species of milkweed plants to serve as the host plant for monarch caterpillars, as well as milkweed flowers for nectaring areas by adult monarchs. Great Parks’ is in a unique position to raise large amounts of milkweed seed, having access to a native genotype plant source, nursery facility, dedicated staff, and volunteers committed to native plant restoration. Currently volunteers clean milkweed seed by hand, where scores of volunteers sit and pull the fluff off each seed.
Great Parks Foundation helped to purchase a de-bearder, a machine that removes the fluff much quicker and easier than hand cleaning. The result is a dramatic increase in the number of milkweed seeds that are distributed across the region to create more habitats for monarch butterflies.
The initiative was created in response to the ongoing threat on our regions trees that the emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, bush honeysuckle and other culprits, have created. By planting trees, we reduce the threat of invasive species and help grow a healthy and diverse tree environment.
Great Parks Foundation was proud to support Great Parks’ pledge to plant 60,000 trees within three years. Together, Great Parks and the Foundation exceeded the goal in well under three years. In 2016 Great Parks planted the 100,000th tree!