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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio—Some of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s most prominent outdoor workers spent an afternoon investing in the long-term health and beauty of the local ecosystem on April 7.

Ten members of the 88th Security Forces Squadron planted 180 maple, oak and shagbark hickories along Trout Creek near Huffman Prairie Flying Field, a project led by Danielle Trevino, a biologist with the 88th Civil Engineering Group.

This year’s effort was the continuation of a long-term project to stop invasive honeysuckle, replace it with native varieties, and restore habitat for endangered animal species.

“For example, the Indiana fruit bat, a federally endangered species, will roost under trees with loose, shaggy bark,” Trevino said. “A roost is a place where a bat rests and raises its young. All of the tree species we have planted for this project are thus beneficial to the Indiana fruit bat. »

Less than half of the seedlings, no bigger than twigs a foot or two long, will continue to grow, she said, but planting them takes so few resources and offers so many benefits that the effort is worth it.

Volunteer Defenders have taken the initiative to find ways to improve the general area in which they live and patrol.

“They were all outdoor enthusiasts and asked if they could participate in projects to improve the natural areas of the facility,” Trevino said. “We are always happy to have help, and we are grateful for their interest and hard work in planting the trees.”

The volunteers picked up the planting on the bank of Trout Creek where the group had stopped last year.

“Wright-Patt has a lot of wilderness around her,” Tech said. sergeant. Sawyer McIntyre, a combat arms instructor with 88 SFS. “It’s good to take care of it, especially since it’s a historic area. People walk and jog, and it’s a nice place to exercise and get away from the more built-up side of the base.

The largest prairie remnant in Ohio, Huffman Prairie bears witness to both historic and natural wings. It became the runway for 150 of the Wright brothers’ flights, a development laboratory for the first practical airplane in history, and a training ground for hundreds of other military and civilian pilots. Today it is home to over 200 species of moths and 30 types of butterflies, as well as pollinators and birds.

“It’s just good to give back to nature and to give animals back their habitats,” said the master sergeant. Bryce Sharon, NCO in charge of the armory. “That’s why I want to be here to help with this. I love the outdoors – hiking, biking, sightseeing – I love being in nature.

To extend the impact of Earth Day, 88 CEG will be partnering with the City of Fairborn and the Beavercreek Wetlands Association for a litter pick-up on April 22. All are invited to meet at Fairborn Community Park between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to help out. Supplies will be provided.


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