Volunteers create pollinator habitat

A team of more than twenty volunteers came together on Saturday, September 17, to create a 285-foot mowing edge at Marietta’s Fort Street Pollinator Habitat. Using bricks salvaged from a building slated for demolition, the group installed the edging in only four hours. The new edge allows for easier mowing by city crews and delineates a new area for a neighborhood heritage garden to be planted in the spring.

Volunteers came from Marietta Morning Rotary, the Marietta College McDonough Leadership Program, the Green Sanctuary Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, and Friends of the Westside, as well as the larger community. The youngest worker was thirteen, while one Rotary volunteer admitted to being in his ninth decade. Members of the habitat’s coordinating committee are delighted by so much community participation and interest.

The habitat, on land owned by the City of Marietta adjoining the Harmar River Trail near the city kayak launch, began in the fall of 2020 as a project of the Green Sanctuary Committee, made possible by a Clear Into the Future grant from Dupont. Last spring, it received a Cool Congregations grant from Interfaith Power and Light, which is allowing for expansion of the planted area. A border of native shrubs is now being created adjacent to the paved trail. In only its second growing season, the habitat is attracting a variety of butterflies, including the endangered monarch, and numerous native bee species. Songbirds, including cardinals and goldfinches, are regular visitors.

More information on the site and how to volunteer is available on the Fort Street Pollinator Habitat’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FortStreetPollinatorHabitat.


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