Recycled Materials Fashion Show Funds Cleanup and Restoration

The Takeaway: Fishing, birding, and canoeing at Pipe Creek Wildlife Area is becoming a scenic pleasure again.

For years the serenity of Pipe Creek Wildlife Area along Lake Erie has been marred by littering, much of it single-use plastic, that leads to trash traps and an overgrowth of invasive species. A “recycled materials” fashion show and raffle, attended by 400 people, raised $9000 to support more than a half-dozen clean ups hauling away tons of debris and restoring native greenery. The Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve was a planning partner and technical assistant for the fashion fundraiser.

The first year of cleanups brought big results:

  • 3.5 tons of trash and construction debris removed
  • 1 acre of invasive species removed
  • 20 yards of wood chip mulch spread
  • 500 native grasses planted
  • Canoe launch enhanced
  • 129 volunteers logging 375 total volunteer hours

Lately, volunteers have been working to remove more trash, construction debris, and invasive species; plant trees, native grasses, and rain gardens; and install a pet-waste station. More events will take place in the coming years.

The research reserve helped recruit environmental partners that supplied fashion show raffle prizes and other event support. These partners included the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. Additional partners included the City of Sandusky, Erie Conservation District, and Erie Solid Waste District. (2018)

More Information: Old Woman Creek Research Reserve

Partners: City of Sandusky, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Erie Conservation District, Erie Solid Waste District, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, Old Woman Creek Research Reserve, Scarlett O’Hair Salon.