Forestry Grant Narrative 

Save Maumee Riparian Buffer Initiative I & II

Jan. 2016-Dec. 2018

through Great Lakes Restoration Initiative &
U.S. Forest Service funding

Contact an organizer by email!

Click here for continuation of projects through December 2020

Why do ditches need plants and trees?  READ WHY HERE

These projects are made possible through the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and U.S. Forest Service.

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. FULL CIVIL RIGHTS, NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY & HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT HERE.

Sixmile Creek Subwatershed
Private Property along LaMont Drain and Bandelier Ditch #3

460 trees –  26 species
COMPLETED April 22 & 23, 2018

Drainage Board Construction Plan for this location 

Bullerman Ditch
Deetz Nature Preserve
409 trees – 21 different species
COMPLETED October 2017

Location: Deetz Nature Preserve, Parrott Road/Rose Ave/Moeller Rd

Installation of over 1,105 linear feet of riparian buffers with a width no less than 20 feet (some areas up to 40 feet) to yield approximately .573 acre

Thanks to partnership with New Haven Parks and Recreation Department
42 different people logged over 511 volunteer hours at Deetz Nature Preserve, removing invasive species and planting trees.

Trier Ditch – Upper & Lower
Earth Days 2017
1,100 trees – 18 species

  • Installation of 2,800 linear feet of riparian buffers with a width no less than 20 feet to yield approximately 1.29 acre per site (56,000 sq. ft.) *(2,800 linear feet X 25 ft width = 1.61 acre (70,000 sq. ft.)
  • Adding 1,100 total trees (18 species) to capture 64,900 gallons/year (59 gallons/tree)
  • Partnered with New Haven Parks and Recreation Dept. & East Allen Community Schools Over 2,000 Asian Honeysuckle were removed

Volunteer Hours by 209 people in 2017:

422 hours logged April 3-April 20 (invasive removal)
242.5 hours logged April 21 Public Event, Heatherwood Park
471 hours logged April 22 Public Event, Moser Park
215.5 hours logged April 23 Public Event, Heatherwood Park

Six Mile Creek, Koester Ditch
COMPLETED October 2016
460 trees – 13 species 

Bullerman Ditch
On the Maumee River
COMPLETED April 2016
380 trees – 13 different species

Volunteers logged between 525.9 – 528 hours on Earth Day ALONE with 261 – 268 people signing in and out to log hours for the public event held on April 17, 2016.

Asian Honeysuckle removal is always necessary, to eliminate competition for riparian buffer trees. Efforts yielded approximately 800 large Asian Honeysuckle removed from this site.

See more of Earth Day 2016 HERE

Big Handsome dog on the riverbank

Legal Description of project area adjacent to, and receiving groundwater from this brownfield site located at 800 Glasgow Ave. Fort Wayne, IN 46803. In June 2016, the property was vacant.

1891 – Originally built by Wayne Pump, also known as Wayne Combustion Petroleum Storage (acetone found as well) 
Wayne Combustion ⁃ 3 systems to ship ⁃ strictly poultry ⁃ 15 state regionally U Tech Study ⁃ Scott Fetzer Company / Berkshire Hathaway owned it in 1978 ⁃started as oil and gas company ⁃ burners and combustion technology focus.  It then became “Water Works” ⁃ working with state 2013 NRCS budget for waste ⁃preceding with air and water permitting.  Working with fish and wildlife ⁃ NO NPDES, FESOP ⁃ proactive approach to reduce pollution and runoff ⁃agricultural.

Sean Watkins – “SM Watkins Sheet Metal” bought the property in 2013 and sold the property in 2016 to Brian Schaper. Tax Records in 2010 ⁃ Wayne / Scott Fetzer – 13,200 ⁃Daniel J. Lawrence – 191,700 ⁃ Daniel j. Lawrence — 9,900 – F & H Fueller is (a business partner of Jerry Henry, Mayor Tom Henry’s brother).
 Hartzell Reality is another company of Jerry Henry’s NOTE FOR FULL DISCLOSURE: 1. DO NOT DRINK THE WATER OUT OF ANY TAP AT THIS BUILDING 2. THIS IS a brownfield site, it does NOT pass inspection for residential levels of groundwater and soil contaminants, however it DOES pass needed levels for contaminants at “industrial levels.” 3. Our society needs to figure out ways to deal with building spaces that are considered “brownfields” and that is what this project is attempting to do at this site. Source: Aliza Tourkow – Brownfield Site Redevelopment Specialist – Grants Administrator – City of Fort Wayne Redevelopment Department
 200 East Berry Street, Room 320 Fort Wayne, IN 46802

In August 2016, Save Maumee was notified by the City of Fort Wayne, Tunnel Project that the area was to be taken in eminent domain.

Signage was permanently placed at Heatherwood Park, Moser Park and Deetz Nature Preserve to commemorate the projects.  Private property locations were inappropriate for signage.