Nature Preserve Management Plans – Columbus Recreation and Parks Department – Columbus, Ohio

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD) owns and manages 19 nature preserves throughout the greater Columbus area. CRPD retained STONE to establish comprehensive Nature Preserve Management Plans for each preserve. STONE provided professional services in support of:

1) Identifying Threatened, Endangered, Rare, and Species of Concern, including:
a) Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act Evaluation
b) Endangered Species Act
c) Migratory Bird Act
d) Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
2) Identifying the possible presence of critical habitat associated with the species listed above.
3) Identifying significant, sensitive areas that should be protected from human disturbance.
4) Recommending restoration and management activities for the nature preserves.

The management plans were designed to recommend the best use and management of the ecological qualities of each preserve. Work consisted of conducting a literature review, on-site observations, and inventories of each nature preserve’s natural resources including: wildlife, vegetation, geology, cultural resources, and other ecological characteristics.

“We are impressed with the expertise and commitment of STONE. Mary Sharrett is an excellent team player that worked closely with us individually and as a group. She orchestrated the team into a solid, focused, well organized and highly professional group. We are looking forward to a long-term relationship between our organizations.”