B-W Greenway is bringing back the Backyard Habitat Award program to recognize individuals who create eco-friendly sustainable environments where they live or work.  These environments promote a healthy relationship between wildlife and nature.  The purpose of the award is to honor the contributions of those who create these habitats as well as to provide community awareness and foster public education.

Individuals may nominate themselves, a business or anyone they feel deserves recognition by filling out the application form and submitting it to:  B-W Greenway, PO Box 3, Fairborn, OH  45324. Or, send as an attachment to  admin@bwgreenway.org.  A B-W Greenway Community Land Trust member will contact the nominee to schedule a visit for a habitat evaluation.  The property owner must be present when the habitat evaluation is conducted.  The property will be evaluated in five areas as follows and some examples are included. The criteria include an adequate food supply (bird feeders, edible plants), an uncontaminated water source (birdbaths, streams, rain barrels), appropriate cover for protection of wildlife (bushes, ground cover), undisturbed places to raise their young (birdhouses, nesting areas), and sustainable gardening practices (compost, organic fertilizers, soil conservation, pollinator plants).  Suggestions for improvement will be given for those habitats not meeting criteria and they will be eligible in the future

. Evaluation and selection of the habitats will be completed by September 18, 2018.

Here are the criteria for property the Evaluation

A printable copy of the application form:   Backyard Habitat

Winners Announced for Landscapes 2018

B-W Greenway and the Fairborn Art Association Announce Awards

 for the Landscape2018 Juried Art Exhibition.

 B-W Greenway and the Fairborn Art Association for the eighth year sponsored a juried art exhibition to heighten public awareness of local green spaces and the need to preserve these assets.  Each year, a different location within the greenway is selected for the artists to develop their artwork.  The 2018 location was Oakes Quarry Park in Fairborn.  The completed artwork showcases the importance of the green space as an asset to our community.

This year, the competition attracted 44 artists and 83 pieces of artwork. The judge for Landscape2018 was Ms. Eva Buttacavoli, Executive Director of the Dayton Visual Arts Center.  On July 15, at the opening reception held at the Fairborn Art Association gallery, awards were made to the following artists:

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            First Place – Carol McNeeley, Dead Tree & Boulder

            Second Place – Yuki Hall, For Her Body of Work

            Third Place – Brendan Higgins, A Path

            Juror’s Choice – Siobhan Fitzgerald, Green Space Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Find

Honorable Mention, Nine artists received ribbons: Kim Ceccerelli, Carol Collette, Billie Dickson, Connie Gifford, Susie King, Jim Little, Kevin McNeeley, Katrina Pierce and Barb Stork

B-W Greenway is greatly appreciative of the partnership with the Fairborn Art Association to sponsor this wonderful competition and show.  The pieces of art were displayed in the gallery and were enjoyed by B-W Greenway members and the community.

The Landscape2019 Juried Art Exhibition has selected Garland Wetland Reserve as the subject for the competition.  The artists are welcome to begin working immediately.  Additional information will be found on the B-W Greenway website soon. 




134 Acres Added to B-W Greenway

134 Acres Added to B-W Greenway

After lots of hard work led by our own Bob Jurick and Steve Carne, we recently closed on a new conservation easement with Clark County.134 acres on the Clark County Well Field property roughly at the corner of I-675 and I-70 will be preserved from development and will only allow the possibility of a future well site on a small portion of the site if Clark County wishes to do so.

Ribbon Cut at the Valle View Wetland

Ribbon Cut at the Valle View Wetland

After a lot of hard work, the Valle View Wetlands are now officially open.  Members of City Council, The Park Board and other representatives were on hand for the ribbon cutting and a walking tour by Nancy Bain.  Bob Jurick and Eric Sauer represented BW Greenway.  Please stop by for a great quarter mile walk and see the flora and fauna as well as the permeable parking lot.  The parking lot is located just north of the Fifth Third Bank Branch right at the North East corner of I-675 and Dayton–Yellow Springs Road