Our college’s renowned Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, which opened its doors 20 years ago, is now in the process of opening them wider.
Here’s a look by the numbers at EcoSummit 2012, which is Sept. 30-Oct. 5 in Columbus and involves a number of CFAES scientists: 10 plenary presentations by some of the world’s top ecologists, environmental scientists, and practitioners. 21 forums and workshops on practical issues related to improving the environment. 600 presentations in 65 symposia. 850 general sessions and poster presentations. (Complete program here.) And 1,500 to 1,600 delegates from 75 countries. Ohio State is a co-host.
The transformation of the Olentangy River, which flows through our Columbus campus (and right past our football stadium) (including with not-infrequent black-crowned night-herons along its banks), has begun, notes yesterday’s (8/14) update from Jay Kasey, Ohio State’s senior vice president for administration and planning. There’s a project overview here, a graphic overview here (pdf), and a before-and-after comparison here (pdf). Environmental communications students in our college wrote about the Olentangy project on this blog in March.