Preserve Knoop Prairie


(Contacts updated 25 May 2019)

Dear Friends of Aullwood and Marie Aull,

Marie Aull’s legacy is in serious jeopardy.

In 1995, with Marie Aull’s support, Paul Knoop and other Aullwood staff planted what became the Paul Knoop Prairie on approximately 140 acres of airport property adjacent to Aullwood Farm at the corner of Frederick Pike and U.S. 40 (National Road). This prairie still thrives and is one of the oldest reconstructed prairies in the State of Ohio. It attracts hundreds of resident and migratory birds and mammals, and thousands of species of insects, butterflies and bees each year.

Even more critical is the fact that it is flourishing on and protecting 120 acres of the watershed for Wiles Creek and it is, in fact, the headwaters to this critical tributary of the Stillwater River. Wiles Creek runs through the Aullwood Audubon property, providing key habitat throughout our 200 acres and then flows into Marie Aull’s garden where it has been a central landscape element of this National Historic Landmark since Marie and John Aull originally purchased the property.

The City of Dayton and the Dayton International Airport have rezoned the Paul Knoop Prairie and now have a buyer interested in purchasing the 109.99 acres that are not protected by the Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) for commercial/industrial construction. Press reports have indicated that NorthPoint Development is the buyer for the proposed project. Only 27 acres of this critical habitat and watershed will remain protected. This is a tragic blow to Marie Aull’s legacy and to the environmental welfare of Aullwood, Marie’s garden, and to our region. It is impossible to predict all of the negative environmental consequences that this action will cause.

Please join us in expressing our shock and dismay at this decision, and our belief that the Paul Knoop Prairie in its entirety should be permanently preserved, to the individuals below. Please try to stay positive but passionate without resorting to name calling or hostility toward individuals or organizations who need to be involved in the solution.

Shelley Dickstein, City Manager, Dayton
101 W Third Street, Dayton OH 45402
c/o Angela.Coleman@daytonohio.gov

Nan Whaley, Mayor, City of Dayton
101 W Third Street, Dayton OH 45402

Tammi Clements, Deputy City Manager, Dayton
101 W Third Street, Dayton OH 45402
c/o Esther.Rohm@daytonohio.gov

Terry Slaybaugh, Aviation Director
City of Dayton Department of Aviation
3600 Terminal Drive, Suite 300, Dayton OH 45377

Dayton City Commission
Matt Joseph, Jeffery J. Mims, Christopher L. Shaw, Darryl Fairchild
P.O. Box 22
Dayton OH 45401-0022
c/o anita.johnson@daytonohio.gov

Press reports have indicated that NorthPoint Development is the buyer and developer for the proposed project.

Johan Henriksen, Vice President of Development
NorthPoint Development
4825 NW 41st St. Suite 500
Riverside, MO 64150

We encourage all those concerned about the development of Paul Knoop Prairie to attend the next Dayton City Commission Meeting on Wednesday, May 29th, at 6:00 PM at 101 West Third Street, Second Floor, Dayton, OH 45402. Citizens who wish to speak at a City Commission meeting must complete a "Public Speaking Request Form" and submit it to the Clerk of Commission prior to the start of the meeting. These forms are available at the entrance of the City Commission Chambers. Citizens are also required to state their name and address for the record when they speak. The Mayor will ask for citizens' comments at the appropriate times. Citizens must limit their comments to three minutes and are only permitted to speak once at each meeting. You can learn more at https://www.daytonohio.gov/159/City-Commission-Office (Dayton City Commission meetings are regularly held at 6:00 PM on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of the month and at 8:30 AM on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.)

Share this information with friends at  www.saveknoop.org and help preserve Knoop Prairie today. Your action can and will make a difference in our community!

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