Southwest Ohio airport to plant tall grasses to reduce carbon footprint, bird collisions

Associated Press

A southwest Ohio airport says it plans to plant hundreds of acres of grasses to help reduce its carbon footprint.

Officials say about 270 acres of tall prairie grass will be planted near the Dayton International Airport. The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1u0HHLs ) the grasses will offset carbon emissions of vehicles around the airport.

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Officials also hope the grass will cut down on bird collisions at the airport, as large birds like Canadian geese and gulls tend to avoid tall grass. Officials say the grasses can also provide a suitable home for small birds that have suffered from habitat destruction.

The airport plans to convert mowed grass areas and farmland into the tall grass fields, which officials say will save the airport money in mowing costs.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com