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Restoration Update Expanding Habitat, Protecting Water Quality

This year, the Conservancy took on its most ambitious restoration project to-date. We have been working to return some of the agricultural fields abutting Forrest Woods Nature Preserve back to their natural condition. The construction phase of the project is now complete and the site has been planted with a winter cover to prevent erosion. […]

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Farmland Forever Carrying Out Dad’s Vision

Rebecca Fausey’s father instilled in her the importance of conservation. He spoke often about “misuse of land” and made her promise that she wouldn’t allow the family farm to be split and turned into house lots after he was gone. Dad’s lessons stuck with Rebecca and guide the land ethic she lives by. In a […]

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Black Swamp Conservancy Earns National Recognition Accreditation Promotes Public Trust, Ensures Permanence

Black Swamp Conservancy today announced it has achieved accreditation – a mark of distinction in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that Black Swamp Conservancy’s lands will be protected forever. Almost 15 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities – an area about the […]

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Wanted: Nature Enthusiasts to Lend a Helping Hand

Visiting each of our protected properties at least once a year is part of the promise we make to our landowners. We do this to ensure that the agricultural lands are still being farmed, the woods and forests are still standing, and the wetlands…well, that they are still wet. With almost 16,000 acres, and well […]

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The Start of a Ten Year Test

Black Swamp Conservancy is doing its part to improve local water quality by undertaking stream, floodplain, and wetland restoration projects on Conservancy owned lands. These projects will restore native ecosystems around northwest Ohio’s waterways and help address the harmful algal bloom occurrences in Lake Erie. To determine the effectiveness of these restoration projects, water quality […]

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Local Land Named “MVW”

Black Swamp Conservancy’s Forrest Woods Nature Preserve was recently named the Society of Wetland Scientists first ever Most Valuable Wetland as part of their “Wetland Treasure” program. The program features and highlights wetlands that exhibit exemplary function and service. The mission of the Society of Wetland Scientists is to promote understanding, conservation, scientifically based management, and sustainable […]

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Old Growth Forests

Many authors occupy space upon my shelves. Wendell Berry has moved my heart, but Joan Maloof has moved my feet. After reading Maloof’s “Among the Ancients” I had to go see the last remains of our Old-Growth Forests: Cathedral Woods West Virginia, George Washington National Forest in Virginia, Cook Forest Pennsylvania, Congaree National Park in […]

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A Sure Sign of Spring

There are many signs of spring. Skunk cabbage peeking through the ground… The raspy call of chorus frogs… The influx of seed catalogs in your mailbox… Here at the Conservancy Homestead, spring has arrived when we begin to see the regal Great Blue Heron soaring past the office windows into the heart of Bell Woods. […]

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Taking Dad’s Words to Heart

This past week, Dave Lucius had the advice of his father in mind when he took the step to permanently protect his 109 acre Seneca County farm – something he’s been working towards for some time. Dave, along with his wife Mary Jane, first heard about Black Swamp Conservancy and the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s […]

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Inspired By Love

There are a lot of good reasons for preserving farmland – food security, jobs… they aren’t making any more of it. But for Sandusky County farmer Judy Mauch, her reasons are much closer to her heart – her parents Chet and Betty. Chet Mauch was raised on an 80-acre farm just outside of Fremont, and […]

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RFP Issued for Carter Historic Farm Wetland Restoration

Black Swamp Conservancy has opened bidding for management and implementation of a wetland restoration at Carter Historic Farm near Bowling Green, Ohio.

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