Airport plan gets back to nature

Dayton International Airport control tower
Dayton International Airport control tower. (WDTN Photo/Neil Black)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A unique program at Dayton International Airport is designed to protect you in more ways than one.

A new idea is taking flight here at the Dayton International Airport. 2 N We look at how it can not only save planes, but also the environment.

“We hope other airports will look at what we’re doing in Dayton and possibly replicate this,” said Airport Aviation Director Terrence Slaybaugh.

Slaybaugh is talking about warm season prairie grass. The airport already has some, but through the Aullwood Audubon Center it’s looking at planting another 300 acres.

‘It can actually act as a sink and absorb pollution we’re giving off at the airport,” Slaybaugh explained. “The higher prairie grasses can also scare away geese which fear there might be predators lurking in them.” The geese are a known danger to aircraft if they get into the engines.

Slaybaugh said the move will actually generate more money because of a crop sharing plan they are implementing on their remaining land.

The airport is also trying another method of saving on money and emissions by putting in turf near the runways that does not need mowed as often.

“Once it’s planted we only have to mow it once a year. It’s very slow growing turf,” Slaybaugh said.

Slaybaugh said they hope to have that new turf installed later this summer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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