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Old 05-12-2010, 06:40 PM   #11
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I've loaned this tool out to 5 different people, and they've all loved it. I really think arming a group of volunteers with these could have tremendous potential.

I decided to donate mine to the Civic Garden Center. Before I did, I called Mr. Honeysuckle (Chris) and asked if he'd be willing to match the donation, based on the idea of arming volunteers.

Hell, yes, he would. He also shared that he'd be willing to lead expeditions, lending the tools and (more importantly) his expertise.

I talked with him again today, and it turns out that the Grange Insurance Audubon Center has a similar project going. He gave me the contact info, and I called Wade Walcutt at the center. Here's what they're doing:

They did an aerial survey of Franklin County, Ohio in the fall, identified honeysuckle stands, and sent postcards to landowners. They've ordered 30 of the poppers, and will loan them out to the homeowners. When they return after destroying the honeysuckle and returning the tool, they'll give them a native shrub!

Unbelievably cool. I'm meeting with the CGC and Mr. Honeysuckle next week, hoping to recreate the project on some level here.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:46 PM   #12
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Lucky Franklin Countians! Thanks for sharing this, CincyGarden.
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