Earth Day Tree Planting EventPeggy Logue will be presenting one of the programs in the summer series.Meditation Labyrinth at MEPA book deposit station donated to MEP.Presentation stageadded to Playscape this fallLebanon Junior High Cross CountryWarrior Walk at MEPEagle Scout Project, David KlenkTake a walk in the preserve

The Season is Bright at Miller Ecological Park

Located within walking distance of three Lebanon City Schools and along the City's bike path, the opportunities and benefits of developing The Will and Harriet Miller Park as an ecological park for passive recreational activities have inspired City administrators and planners, area school personnel, local businesses, service organizations, neighbors, and the Miller Family descendants to join together to make the idea become a reality.   To see picture titles, place your cursor on the picture. To view a map of the park: Click Here and Click Open

COMING:

April 22: Earth Day Tree Planting Event: Volunteers are Needed

Volunteers are needed to plant Native Trees in Miller Ecological Park on Saturday, April 22nd from 9 a.m. to noon.  This is part of ongoing efforts to reforest sections of the park.  Miller Ecological Park is located at 755 Miller Road.  If you are interested in volunteers, or would like more information, please call 228-3103.

2017 SUMMER NATURE SERIES AT MILLER ECOLOGICAL PARK (See article below)

2018 CALENDAR CONTEST: Local artists and photographers: Watch for information about the 2018 Miller Ecological Park Calendar Contest.

THANKS TO OUR OKTOBERFEST SPONSORS!  PROCEEDS TO SUPPORT MILLER ECOLOGICAL PARKNORTHROP GRUMMAN,TRADERS WORLD, MILLER ECOLOGICAL PARK FUND, DAYTON CHILDREN'S, ABRA BODY AND GLASS, CINTAS, THE HOME DEPOT, ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, MILLER-MYERHOLTZ FAMILY, REM HOME OF LEBANON LOCAL, GREEN UMBRELLA, GHENT, RUMPKE, LCNB, MINUTEMAN PRESS, BOB PULTE CHEVROLET, CARDINAL LANDSCAPING TREE SERVICE AND LAWN CARE, GREENSITE PIPELINE RESTORATION

Dave Woehr has organized the nature series and will be presenting the first session

 NATURE SERIES COMING TO MEP

The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists will be presenting an educational series of nature programs at Miller Ecological Park in Lebanon this summer.  Dave Woehr will be coordinating this event.

These programs are all free and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend.  All programs will be held at 2 pm on the 2nd Saturday of the month, May through August.

 

Bob Henn will be presenting the session on wildflowers, trees, and grasses.

 2017 Schedule for MEP Nature Series

May 13: Wetlands  (Dave Woehr)

June 10: Ecological Concepts (Peggy Logue and Donna Shaw)

July 8: Wildflowers, Trees, Shrubs, and Grasses (Bob Henn)

August 12: Nature Photography (Jim Ludwick)

  Next MEP Steering Committee Meeting: May 18, 2017.  7:00PM at the Lebanon City Building on Broadway.

Jim Ludwick and the left will be presenting the photography session.

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The Nature Programs will begin with an introduction to the month's series topic at the new Demonstration Stage located near the parking lot on Miller Road.  Following the opening discussion,  attendees will have a chance to participate in hikes, hands-on experiences, and/or demonstrations.

 Announcements will be made ahead of each monthly program in the local newspaper and on Lebanon's Channel 6 Community Calendar.

Tom and Mike Mullett at 2012 Archaelogical Dig at MEP

MEP STUDY COMPLETED 

 For several years Mike Mullett, a Trustee of Miller Ecological Park Trust Fund and grandson of Will and Harriet Miller, has been working with the City of Lebanon, Miller Ecological Park Steering Committee and Heather Lacey of Crawford, Murphy, and Tilly Inc. to do an extensive and comprehensive Ecological Assessment and Management Plan for MEP.  The study and plan gives baseline ecological information and develops a plan for enhancement and protection of native ecosystems. Additional benefits include promoting passive outdoor recreation and environmental education as well as laying the groundwork for potential funding sources.  The study has now been completed.

This plan focuses on four key recommendations for the park: 1) Removal of invasive species  2) Convert the "old field" section of the park to pollinator habitat 3) Reforestation of the early successional forest (20 acres of the back of the park) A .7 mile trail borders this area. 4) Enhance educational opportunities in the park.

The cost of the assessment was approximately $23,000 and a donation to the Miller Ecological Trustee Fund by Mike Mullett in memory of his father, Thomas A. Mullett.

Back 51 acres...

GOOD NEWS FOR MEP!

The City of Lebanon has been awarded a Clean Ohio Fund Greenspace Grant for $52,500. The purpose of the grant, which was recommended by the Lebanon Park Board and the Shade Tree Commission, is to improve the back 51 preserve acres of Miller Ecological Park as outlined in the recently completed Ecological Assessment and Mangement Plan for Miller Ecological Park.  (See article)

Through the Ohio's Clean Ohio Fund Greenspace Preservation Grant Program, properties that have been acquired through this program are eligible for grants to support certain improvements.  The back 51 acre preserve area of MEP qualified for this grant.

The grant will fund tree planting ($5,000), invasive plant removal ($20,000), educational signage ($5,000), prairie enhancement for pollinators ($15,000)and trail improvements in the back 51 acres of the park ($25,000).  

The Grant will cover 75% of the total cost, Miller Ecological Trust Fund has committed ($7,000), City Annual Tree Planting Program ($5,000) and In-kind services for invasive removal ($5,500)