Preserve The Ridges!

Ohio University Administration and Board of Trustees

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Ohio University is considering housing development on The Ridges – a threat to this natural area highly valued by the community. The signers of this petition propose, instead, that Ohio University establish the entire Ridges property as a preserve, to safeguard its natural character and recreational value for future generations.

Green spaces close to where people live and work are widely recognized as a prime element of quality of life, promoting physical activity, health, and psychological well-being. A housing development with parking lots, streets, and lights between the Ohio University composting facility and Radar Hill would destroy the heart of this treasured open space, which Athens residents have come to rely on as a public park. The Ridges is the only natural and traffic-free area that Ohio University students can reach easily on foot. Visitors enjoy its peaceful meadows and woods on a well-developed trail network. The Ridges provides critical habitat for wildlife. With 162 breeding and migrating bird species recorded, including several species of conservation concern, it is ranked as the top birding location in Athens County.

A Ridges Preserve – excluding the historic buildings – would draw visitors, benefit businesses, and promote the profile of Athens and Ohio University as a place with a high quality of life.  

To: Ohio University Administration and Board of Trustees
From: [Your Name]

Ohio University is considering housing development on The Ridges – a threat to this natural area highly valued by the community. The signers of this petition propose, instead, that Ohio University establish the entire Ridges property--outside the historic buildings--as a preserve, to safeguard its natural character and recreational value for future generations.

Green spaces close to where people live and work are widely recognized as a prime element of quality of life, promoting physical activity, health, and psychological well-being. A housing development with parking lots, streets, and lights between the Ohio University composting facility and Radar Hill would destroy the heart of this treasured open space, which Athens residents have come to rely on as a public park. The Ridges is the only natural and traffic-free area that Ohio University students can reach easily on foot. Visitors enjoy its peaceful meadows and woods on a well-developed trail network. The Ridges provides critical habitat for wildlife. With 162 breeding and migrating bird species recorded, including several species of conservation concern, it is ranked as the top birding location in Athens County.

A Ridges Preserve – excluding the historic buildings – would draw visitors, benefit businesses, and promote the profile of Athens and Ohio University as a place with a high quality of life.