Carmack Woods Restoration and Protection
June 27, 2018
Carmack Woods is an undeveloped area of land on the west side of Ohio State’s campus. A group of students from the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering (FABE) decided to restore Carmack Woods as their capstone project during the 2017-18 school year. The main goal of the project was to improve the health of the area by removing invasive species and planting more native species to promote biodiversity. Project funding was provided by the Coca-Cola Student Sustainability Grant. The student group partnered with Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) to complete the restoration project.
These dedicated FABE students were able to host three volunteer events with help from fellow students and the surrounding community. Not only were they able to remove invasive honeysuckle, but they also increased public interest and knowledge about the importance of wetlands. Over 500 native plants, shrubs, and seedlings were planted at Carmack Woods with the help of hundreds of volunteers. As a result of this project, Ohio State will have a restored wetland. This natural space will serve as a home to hundreds of plant and animal species and is expected to thrive for years to come.