Creating a Functional Habitat
The initial land donation of approximately ten acres will provide Hamilton County Parks & Recreation the opportunity to convert the existing monoculture into a functional habitat. Ecological restoration efforts in this section would start soon after the park department receives the property. Such efforts would involve planting native trees, wildflowers and grasses, providing food and shelter resources, increasing floodwater filtration as groundwater and reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The donated property will be surveyed by ecological and wildlife experts to assess any potential impact expansion of trails might have on sensitive plant or wildlife communities. Hamilton County Parks and Recreation will seek professional guidance when converting the acreage from agricultural to functional habitat and removing invasive species.
The acreage around the lake will be similarly converted through ecological restoration, into functional habitat. Lake edge vegetation plantings and natural vegetation with trees will complement the added trails in this section of the property.