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The Transformation has Begun!

It may not seem like the best time of year to begin work on a wetland restoration, but construction is underway at Carter Historic Farm in Wood County. Soon, the fresh mounds and berms that today you see on the property will become a 15-acre demonstration wetland that will give visitors a chance for a […]

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Carter Wetland Project Begins

You might see heavy equipment on Carter Historic Farm over the next several weeks. Not to worry, no houses or other development are being built on this protected property! The Conservancy is partnering with our friends at Wood County Park District to restore 20 acres on the “back end” of the property to wetlands, typical […]

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A Popular Spot Along Western Lake Erie

They can live for 80 years or more. They can travel many miles to find the perfect spot to lay their eggs. They’re considered endangered or threatened in many areas but can be found in northern Ohio along Lake Erie.They’re Blanding’s turtles, and they appear to really like the Frank M. Harris Nature Preserve (Black […]

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Visit a Quiet Spot off the Beaten Path

“This project was our first with Black Swamp Conservancy,” said Gary Pruitt, Hancock Park District director. “This is a very different property from others we have been involved with. There is no gate or signage, and a very small parking lot that holds only two to three vehicles.” This quiet, 64 acre Preserve is nestled […]

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See the Conservancy, Inside and Out

As we settle into fall, there are still several activities that can get you outdoors and around the area: Seeding the Sugar Ridge Prairie: On November 9, take your lunchtime in our prairie, and help us seed a new section in wildflowers. This newly-acquired area fronts Sugar Ridge Road and surrounds our new solar panels. […]

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The Kids Love the Conservancy (parents too)!

We all know that libraries rock, and Way Library in Perrysburg really brought that message home with its 2018 Summer Reading Program. Titled Libraries Rock and sponsored by O-I, the summer-long program encouraged local kids to win prizes and help out a local nonprofit just by reading! Summer reading programs have proven to develop strong […]

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See Our World – Be a Monitor!

Do you like walking in the fields and woods on a beautiful fall day? Are you passionate about maintaining the important responsibilities of a land trust? Then do we have an opportunity for you … The Conservancy’s monitors have the important responsibility of ensuring that our agricultural and conservation easements are protected. Monitors visit nearly […]

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Protecting a Headwater Wetland

At the upper reaches of the Lake Erie watershed, near Fort Wayne, Indiana, the St. Joseph River converges with the St. Marys River to form the Maumee. Upstream of that, the Conservancy is making plans to protect a critical piece of that region, while continuing the natural history on the property. The Conservancy’s St. Joseph […]

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Growing New Farmers in Northwest Ohio

Interest is building among northwest Ohio aspiring farmers to participate in the Conservancy’s new Black Swamp Food & Farm Initiative. The Initiative will use long-term lease agreements to provide affordable access to farmland, along with connecting aspiring farmers to the services and partners they’ll need to establish sustainable operations. The Initiative is currently accepting applications […]

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A Proper Entrance

Sometimes the best places are the hardest to access. The Conservancy’s 78-acre Redhorse Bend property in Fremont features 16 acres of forest and wetlands, along with 66 acres of farmland and just under a mile of stream channel on the main stem of the Sandusky River. A management plan has been developed to return the […]

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