Black Swamp Conservancy protects more than 19,000 acres on 145 properties in Northwest Ohio. The diverse habitats we protect are also home to more than 60 rare, threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna, a few of which are highlighted on the chart below.
H2Ohio, a new environmental program recently established by the state, aims to change all that. The centerpiece of this program is a fund – approximately $900 million – that will help address critical water quality needs and support innovative solutions to some of the state’s most pressing water challenges over the next 10 years.
This past spring, Michael Schiewer of Herbaceous, ltd. – the first participant in our Food & Farm Initiative – began operations on Conservancy land. As the winds begin to chill and herb beds are put to rest for the winter, we spoke with Mike about his experiences this season.
Land trusts like Black Swamp Conservancy partner with the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation and landowners to establish agricultural easements that keep farmland under private ownership and protect it against future non‐agricultural development.
This Notes from the Field is coming from very far afield… North Carolina! I’m in Raleigh at the Land Trust Alliance’s annual conference, RALLY.
Everyone who lives in Bowling Green, Ohio has a park within 1.5 miles of their home. It’s a point of pride for the city, especially for the Parks and Recreation Department, which has worked diligently for many years to create open spaces that appeal to the many recreational interests of the community.
“John, please be careful…,” Molly Chester calls to her husband from off-camera as he approaches a Highland cow on their farm in the California countryside. In 2011, with a dream of harvesting in harmony with nature and their dog Todd in tow, the couple left their jobs and city life to start Apricot Lane Farms.
Do not bathe or wash clothes. Do not cook with tap water. Definitely, do not drink the water. These were our directives in August 2014 after a perfect storm of nutrient pollution, soaring temperatures and swirling winds led to a poisonous algal bloom in Lake Erie that contaminated our local water intake.
Black Swamp Conservancy is seeking to hire a part-time Events and Education Coordinator to join its staff in protecting the region’s natural communities and family farms.
Ohio survey includes Conservancy propertiesWith more than 164 species identified in Ohio alone, dragonflies and damselflies are an important indicator of the health of our wetlands and water. The Ohio Dragonfly Project, a joint effort between the Ohio Odonata Society and the Ohio Division of Wildlife, is currently underway (through July 10) to update a […]