Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation staff worked with former Habitat Programs Manager Travis Stoelting to create Natural Resource Management Plans for Central Park and West Park using specifications and guidlines from IWF's Backyard Habitat program. The staff went through a series of seminars on sustainable park managment and were able to complete an assessment of the all the property. Since that time they have seen remarkable results such as an increase in wildlife and reduced operating costs. They incorporated sustainable infastructure into every aspect of the park. Some of the projects included developing a root system using native plants in order to create cleaner water run off and removing invasive plant species from the parks. The variation of habitat types that exist in Carmel Clay Parks allow for the land to act as a buffer for wildlife and the community.
Carmel Clay Parks staff also realizes the importance of educating children and families about the impact humans have on the environment and the ways that they can help to improve that impact. Staff at the parks work with IWF to facilitate Backyard Habitat workshops, such as the What's in Your Wild Backyard workshop.
To learn more about the partnership between Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation and IWF as well as the amazing things happening at the parks watch the video below: