The mission of Friends of the Ravines is to protect, preserve and restore ravine areas for the benefit of the urban community as well as the wildlife that utilize them. The stability of the ravines has been directly threatened by development and human activity. Utility placement and uncontrolled invasive plant species have disturbed the natural ecosystem. Our goal is to educate and involve the community in the Franklin County area in conservation efforts to restore and preserve these natural areas. Through education and involvement we can prevent and alleviate further environmental damage.
Friends of the Ravines grew out of the Clintonville Area Commission’s Ravine Committee, which published its first issue of Ravines Quarterly in 1996. In response to growing interest in ravine preservation, Friends of the Ravines, a non-profit volunteer organization with no paid staff, was born. It has grown into an umbrella organization that assists and supports various ravine groups including Iuka Ravine Association, Adena Brook Community, Worthington Condomium Association, Bainbridge Condominium Association, and Glen Echo Ravine Association.
Since its inception, Friends of the Ravines’ restoration activities and educational outreach programs have been funded through grants from The Columbus Foundation, TheOhio Environmental
Challenge Fund, ComFest Grant, The Clintonville Fund, and Keep Franklin County Beautiful. Supporting memberships are the primary source of income for our official publication, Ravinia, which is printed twice a year.
Every year, Friends of the Ravines sponsors two community outreach activities: a Community Forum and a Plant Walk, which are open to the public without charge.