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 […]
Construction breaks ground this monthConstruction is set to begin this month to create streamside forests and wetlands on a 48-acre site along the Maumee River in Paulding County, which is part of Forrest Woods Nature Preserve. The Forrest Riverland project will expand habitat for birds, animals and fish while reducing nutrients and sediment entering the […]
Five area locations for 2019 programGet outside with your kids – or your friends – or by yourself – and walk in a beautiful setting while you’re reading a book! Black Swamp Conservancy is bringing back our Story Trail program for the summer, with events in five locations this year.The program is based on the […]
Ohio Wildlife: A Coloring Field Guide Introduced in MaySchools, youth educators and families throughout northwest Ohio are getting a first look at the state’s latest field guide for Ohio wildlife. The Conservancy launched Ohio Wildlife: A Coloring Field Guide with a number of spring events, and have given away more than 750 copies of the guide.The […]