WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- “Late July is the perfect time to take a walk through a trail at Huffman Prairie,” said Danielle Trevino, biological scientist.
Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark is located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
At 109 acres, this prairie is one of the largest native prairie remnants in Ohio. The prairie is a grassland containing a diverse mix of tall grasses and flowering plants. The hundreds of native plants are in full bloom and create a colorful sight on a summer day.
Eleven bee colonies are managed on base through a partnership with Propolis Projects. This local non-profit organization is committed to re-establishing vigorous populations of pollinators in Ohio.
“Pollinators are important to our food supply, and they are imperative to biodiversity on our planet,” said Trevino, “Through various partnerships, the base makes great contributions to the sustainability of pollinator populations in Ohio. The natural resources office is proud of that work, and we strive to continuously strengthen our program.”
“We work to sustain and enhance Huffman Prairie and educate the base populace and general public about the importance of pollinator species, and what each of us can do to help sustain them,” said Trevino.
Staff with 88th Civil Engineering Natural Resources conducts annual controlled burns at Huffman Prairie. These burns encourage diversity, reduce the amount of woody growth in the habitat and control invasive species. Ultimately, the prescribed burns mimic the fire that is a natural component of prairie ecosystems.
People can help natural resources at home by planting native plants and allowing at least part of lawns to include clover and flowers. It is also important to try to avoid the use of insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides.
To get to Huffman Prairie, enter through Gate 16A on Route 444. Huffman Prairie is open to the public from dusk to dawn and is a great place for bird watching. Be sure to apply bug spray if you visit the prairie.
For additional information contact Danielle Trevino, 801-660-0274 or Danielle.Trevino.firstname.lastname@example.org