Thank you to Pat Fuller, an Ohio State University Master Gardener, for her notes on the February 28th talk given by Dr. Auch :
1) 34% of Warren’s land parcels are vacant.
a) The spatial basins are all connected. The purpose of Dr. Auch’s study was to unify people connected though those basins.
b) We share the same natural resources that are depleting faster than replenishing.
2) 18 of the 24 largest areas of concern regarding combined sewer overflow are on the great lakes basin, three of which are in Warren.
a) Much of this comes from large agricultural areas.
3) Dr. Auch believes that urban farming is not a panacea for use of vacant land.
a) He sited steady state economy and embracing shrinkage with regard to our decreasing population.
b) In order to maintain economic viability, we need to minimize social disruption and protect property values.
4) Potential restoration strategies that could be revenue producing:
a) Constructed Wetlands that alleviate storm water pressure and address flood events.
b) Agro Forestry that produces specialty products and demonstrates a layered crop approach.
i) These could include both Hardwood and Softwood Plantations on vacant lands.
ii) Dr. Auch suggests that hardwood plantations of black walnut, chestnut and red oak should account for 25% of our vacant properties. These trees would be the tall layer and with nut or berry crops being the second layer. This would eventually eliminate the need for any grounds keeping maintenance.
iii) Softwood Plantations would produce a quicker crop than the 27th year wait that the hardwood crop would require and those trees could include red pine, white pine and hybrid popular. These softwood products could produce revenue through use in bio fuels and pulp and paper production.
iiii) Both tree plantations would produce jobs, contribute to CO2 sequestration and storm water remediation.
Thank you to the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership for sponsoring this very informative talk.