Save Our Parks

Ohio River Foundation (ORF) provides the Save Our Parks program to combat invasive species in the 22-county area around Greater Cincinnati. This program supports the efforts and goals of public landowners to reduce land management costs by removing invasive species, restoring native habitats, and re-establishing biodiversity to strengthen climate change resiliency. We have removed thousands of invasive plants from hundreds of acres of park lands and are growing the program to improve even more public spaces. See what we can do for your park!

Why Are Invasive Species a Problem?

• $ Budget expense - requires trimming and maintenance.
• Reduces visibility on public walking paths, public safety concerns.
• Decreases property value.
• Less aesthetically appealing.
• Is a poor habitat and food source for native wildlife.
• Uses all resources of native plants so they cannot survive.
• Creates unhealthy forests: young trees cannot grow, no forest diversity.

What We Offer

Skilled Professionals

• Low Impact Methods. High ROI
• Development of invasive species strategic management plan.
• Get established invasive plant populations under control.
• Cost savings - Lower cost than for-profit contractors. (Note: we DO NOT broadcast spray, resulting in 99.9% native plant survival)
• Volunteer Engagement to help improve natural areas and connections among the community residents
• Educational materials and training for municipal employees to continue invasive plant maintenance.

Our Experience

• Completed invasive plant removal and other habitat restoration projects with Greater Cincinnati county park districts, municipal parks, and federal land managers.
• Lead the region’s first multi-agency coalition to combat invasive species.
• Removed 6 low-head dams.
• Restored 260+ acres by removing invasive species.
• Removed hundreds of thousands of invasives; more than a dozen species.
• 9 years of experience. Licensed staff. All necessary insurance.

BEFORE AFTER

Cost:

• Approximately $500-$4,000/acre of natural area. Range is mostly dictated by volunteer involvement, species density, and timeline.
• Contract can be acreage-based or 12-month annual.
• Detailed assessment provided after site visit.
• Actual cost can be determined once species are identified, map of priority areas is created, and timeline agreed to with client.

Let’s talk and find out how we can help you! Contact us at 513-460-3365 or orf@ohioriverfdn.org.