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Farming Cleaner Water

When Lyle and Sally (Carter) Loomis donated their 60-acre farm to the Wood County Park District almost 20 years ago, they planned for it to become a place to be enjoyed and appreciated by the community. Today it is a working depression-era (1930s) farm and cultural history museum, offering interactive programs, displays and special events […]

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Conserving Land … And Energy

It has been about three years since the Conservancy purchased its office and moved operations onto a protected property. We set out to create a conservation center for northwest Ohio here at the Homestead, and are steadily making strides toward that goal. Thanks to a generous contribution from the First Solar Charitable Fund at Toledo […]

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Growing New Farmers in Northwest Ohio

Black Swamp Conservancy is launching an initiative to support northwest Ohio’s next generation of farmers. The Northwest Ohio Farm Access Program will serve as an agriculture incubator to reduce the biggest hurdle facing beginning farmers – acquiring farmland. The initiative also aims at connecting them with training opportunities and assistance to increase local and sustainable […]

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We’ve Set a New Standard – 17,000 Acres

While our work is never about the size of things, 17,000 acres is a really impressive amount of space. We’re proud that, with the help of forward-thinking landowners, we are now protecting 17,000 acres of land in northwest Ohio – forever. Our protected areas represent some of northwest Ohio’s finest natural habitats and working lands, […]

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Preserving Four Generations

The Schetter Farm, near Fostoria, Ohio, has spent eight decades in wheat, corn and soybean production, and before that as a cattle farm. But it’s also been home to four generations of the Schetter family, with the prospect of more generations on the property in the future. It’s also among the northwest Ohio farmland protected […]

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Are You Ready for the Holidays?

We’re in the holiday spirit here at Black Swamp Conservancy! We have a variety of merchandise available to make the perfect gift for anyone on your list, and support conservation too: Show your support for Black Swamp Conservancy! Hats and t-shirts are available in a variety of colors, sizes and styles. T-shirts are available in […]

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Take a Hike in January

Our 2018 event schedule kicks off quickly in January: Hike over to the Toledo Zoo Aquarium for The Great Black Swamp Photo Exhibit, scheduled to begin on January 18. This 12-photograph exhibit (a small sample from the exhibit at Secor Metropark) will be featured in the Aquarium and will highlight the swamp’s natural history. Some of the […]

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Projects to Improve Sandusky River Access

Two Conservancy projects are focusing on improving Sandusky River quality in the Fremont, Ohio, area, while offering residents a natural wildlife habitat and a public park. The former River Cliff Golf Club was acquired by the Conservancy through the Clean Ohio Fund, and was gifted to the Sandusky County Park District for conversion to parkland […]

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Funding Approved for St. Joseph River Wetlands Project

The Conservancy’s St. Joseph Wetlands project, a beautiful 146-acre property along both banks of the St. Joseph River in Williams County, Ohio, recently received grant approval from the Wetland and Riparian Resource Sponsorship Program (WRRSP). It’s an exciting project in a critical area of the St. Joseph River watershed that impacts water quality in the […]

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Networking in the Woods

Forrest Woods Nature Preserve was the setting for a Land Trust Stewardship Retreat. We served as hosts for the October 19-20 outdoors retreat, with participants attending from land trusts in Indiana and Ohio. “I found the retreat a great experience to learn from other land trust partners,” said Richard Lutz from the Buckeye Trail Association. […]

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