Turkey Run: A Repaired Wildlife Corridor


Related people
Colin Martinez (designer)
Declan Devine (designer)
Parker Sutton (studio professor)
Tameka Sims (studio professor)
Date
Spring 2019
Location
North and Central America->United States->Ohio->Franklin (county)->Columbus->The Ohio State University Golf Club
Description
This was a student project by Colin Martinez and Declan Devine for Parker Sutton and Tameka Sims' course LARCH 2390 in Spring 2019.
Turkey Run- a tributary of the Olentangy River- lacks significant riparian edge, suffers from eutrophication, and runoff has resulted in fish kills and biodiversity loss. The site of our project aims to transform the golf course, one of the most disruptive areas for the creek, into one that filters the water and reestablishes it as a wildlife corridor. To do this, dams are removed and the western part of the river is re-graded to promote a meandering creek that filters through and area of sedge and grasses. This wet meadow, along with a savannah-forest mosaic and wet woods provide habitat in turn for animals and plants endangered in Ohio. The King Rail, Sloan's Crayfish, Kirtland's Snake, Karner Blue Butterfly, Sugarberry, American Cranberry Bush, Wild Calla, and Big Willow all coexist within different ecological zones. These areas are maintained through both passive means of hydrology but also active engagement like prescribed prairie burns. In doing so, the Golf course acts as an area that people can engage with these endangered plant and animal species in Ohio with out disturbing them and a repaired wildlife corridor.

Project Location: The Ohio State University Golf Club in Upper Arlington, Ohio
Section/Discipline
Landscape Architecture
Degree
Undegraduate
Course
LARCH 2390
Academic Class
Sophomore