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.
OSU students used their hearts and appetites to help victims of the Haiti earthquake. They organized a dinner on campus to raise money.
As many as 6,000 Fairfield County residents remain without electricity after this week’s snow and ice storm. The Red Cross has opened a shelter. And the sheriff’s department and emergency management officials are checking on people who ask for assistance.
The Columbus Zoo will open a 22.7 acre water park this summer. Zoombezi Bay will be the first water park in the county to offer admission to both a zoo and a water park on one ticket. The zoo is currently trying to staff enough lifeguards to monitor the water park something other area pools have been struggling with for the past few years.
The American Red Cross today warns of a new scam. The organization says the scammers contact spouses of military members by telephone, tell them a loved one is injured in Iraq, and then try to obtain personal information. Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Columbus Red Cross chapter, Michael Carroll, says the Department of Defense asked the Red Cross to issue a warning.
The Greater Columbus Red Cross says it’s found almost a dozen cases of suspected fraud related to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. A spokeswoman says the cases have been turned over to the Columbus police department.
The American Red Cross is looking for 40-thousand volunteers willing to spend three weeks in the southern U-S helping Hurricane victims. The Columbus chapter is adding training classes to accommodate additional volunteers.