He doesn't live in Clintonville, but David Hanselmann does appreciate the ravines that give the neighborhood its distinctive geography.
Hanselmann, a lecturer in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University and a resident of Lewis Center, chose these prominent folds in the land as the topic for the next monthly breakfast meeting of the Environmental Professionals Network.
"Valuing Urban Landscapes: The Ravines of Clintonville" will be the subject of a program at the June 8 session of the network, which Hanselmann established five years ago and continues to coordinate.
The doors at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, will open at 7:15 a.m. with the program scheduled to begin at 8:10 a.m.
The cost to attend the program and breakfast is $10.
To register for the event, visit tinyurl.com/clintonvilleravines; the deadline is Monday, June 5.
Presenters will include Michael Graziano, a doctoral candidate in the School of Environment and Natural Resources who led "bio-blitzes" in the Lower Olentangy Urban Arboretum in 2013 and 2014 to count species in the area; John Krygier, professor of geology and geography as well as director of environmental studies at Ohio Wesleyan University; and Laura Fay, grants manager with MS Consultants and volunteer secretary with Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed.
"From my perspective, people who live in Clintonville are in most cases rather aware of the ravines, how beautiful they are and how much biodiversity is there," Hanselmann said.
"Others who don't live that far away just drive over the bridges and aren't aware of how important these ravines are. We want to help build awareness of how important some of these smaller urban ecosystems are."
"My part of the talk," Fay said, "is really about the different grass-roots groups that help take care of these natural areas ... and how many there are, and what you can do in your own yard."
She added listening to Graziano discuss the ravines would be worth the price of admission alone.
"He's like a walking encyclopedia and knows so much about the environment," Fay said. "It's so much fun going into the environment with him."
Krygier seconded that recommendation.
"He's had a long interest in the ravines as sort of an urban place where there's a significant amount of animal and plant life," the Clintonville resident said. "It's this realm of study that's being called urban ecology. We often overlook urban environments because we tend to think of nature as being some kind of ideal wilderness.
"The idea of having this daylong event is to really get people in to talk about ecological diversity, the environmental diversity of, in this case, Glen Echo Ravine. But the bigger picture is that literally in our backyards there are places you can see hundreds of species of birds, dozens of reptiles, so we shouldn't demean these kinds of urban natural landscapes as somehow being lacking."
The June 8 program portion of the Environmental Professionals Network gathering is scheduled to conclude with a question-and-answer period at 9:05 a.m.
It will be followed by the walking tour, which already has reached its capacity of 45 participants.