95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
Columbus’ Bicentennial Celebration Comes To A Close
The year-long Columbus bicentennial celebration drew to a close Wednesday. Mayor Michael Coleman, who presided over the closing ceremonies, described the year-long observance as a success.
$3.5 million in corporate funding paid for many of the events during the 200th anniversary year which officially began on February 14th, 2012.
Mayor Coleman created a bicentennial commission in 2008 to plan events to commemorate the bicentennial. Ty Marsh chaired the organizing committee.
â€œThis isnâ€™t an ending; rather itâ€™s the launching of Columbusâ€™ future. Weâ€™re going forth with pride, confidence and a can-do attitude that exemplifies the Columbus of today and the future,â€ Marsh said.
Mayor Coleman echoed Marshâ€™s sentiments, noting that Columbus was a city established by immigrants. He said that marking the cityâ€™s 200th birthday was tremendously important.
â€œThe reason why this bicentennial is important is because you donâ€™t know where youâ€™re going until you first understand where you come from. The past delivers the future,â€ Coleman said.
A centerpiece at the ceremony was a clear plastic time capsule filled with books about Columbus, a gold bicentennial coin, letters from school children and copies of the Columbus Neighborhoods documentary series produced by WOSU-TV.
February 14, 2013 marks the cityâ€™s 201st birthday.