Park District seeking intern
By Matt Echelberry
During the Crawford Park District’s Feb. 21 monthly meeting, CPD Director Bill Fisher told commissioners and advisors that they are currently looking for a Naturalist intern for this summer. Preferred qualifications are a college student pursuing a degree in an environmentally-related field and a desire to work with children. The application deadline in March 1, which can be accessed at the CPD website (www.crawfordparkdistrict.org).
Fisher also said they are moving closer to a Sears Woods addition. A state certified forester appraised the timber value of the possible addition at $41,717; Fisher is applying for a Clean Ohio grant to cover the cost of acquiring the property.
Firewood removal at Daughmer State Nature Preserve has been in progress for more than one month and about 10 permits have been issued. The wood being removed is from fallen trees in the preserve.
CPD is looking at constructing a larger storage building at Lowe Volk Park. Commissioner Rich Carpenter looked into estimates. “It’s slowing moving forward,” Carpenter said. “We’re still waiting on estimates.”
In another item of business, Fisher said the Colonel Crawford Lions Club has been looking for a service project and asked about taking over CPD’s recycling program at Lowe Volk. It will be held the second Saturday of each month and any income will go the Friends of the Park.
“It’s good for them, good for us and good for the environment,” Fisher commented. The commissioners and advisors agreed.
Friends of the Park met immediately following. Fisher said the group’s Endowment Fund through the Bucyrus Area Community Foundation is “looking more positive.”
The Friends then discussed what to do with those funds when levy monies begin collection. One suggestion included the CPD writing grants for specific projects. Another was using revenue from the annual Pancake Breakfast to help with the costs of summer daycamp or the storage building project.
Fisher also indicated that he submitted a grant application to the BACF to replace two historical markers, and also to help pay for complimentary copies when the book about the Leesville Quarry get published. Those copies will be given to local schools and libraries.
At the end of the meeting, Advisor Ron Sanders, also a reenactor for William Crawford’s Company, asked the Friends to have a two-day event for the annual Living History Day. In the past, it has been a one-day event, but Sanders explained it would be better for vendors and more appealing to reenactors if it lasted two days.
After a brief discussion, those in attendance supported the idea. Sanders’ suggested will be taken into account during the planning process.
An item unrelated to regular business was a large poster presentation on display at the Nature Center. Naturalist Josh Dyer, who completed a survey of reptiles and amphibians in Crawford County last year, made the poster as part of an informal presentation he will give during the Natural History Conference in Columbus.
Dyer told meeting attendees that he found a total of 34 species, some of which were previously undocumented. Although the county is only 11 percent forest, it had more species than surrounding counties.
The Crawford Park District’s next meeting is March 21 at 7:30 a.m., at Lowe Volk Park Nature Center.