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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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The First Pin on the Map

Before the days of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), we marked our protected properties with pins on a map of northwest Ohio. The Frank M. Harris Nature Preserve was the first pin (the easement was signed Dec. 26, 1997), and was originally platted as residential property (and roads were paved). Since the 1920s, the preserve area […]

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New Nature Photography Exhibit The Great Black Swamp

“The Great Black Swamp,” an exhibit assembled by Black Swamp Conservancy, will debut at the National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark on September 8th. The exhibit, which will run through November, features 35 images telling the story of northwest Ohio’s landscape and wildlife – from its pre-European settlement wild origins, to its current […]

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Forrest Woods Volunteer Days

Black Swamp Conservancy invites individuals, families, community groups, Scout troops and businesses to help remove invasive teasel and Autumn olive from our Forrest Woods Nature Preserve in Paulding County.        9:30 a.m. – Meet at the Forrest Woods parking lot on Road 73,  3/4 of a mile north of   Bethel Church. Dress for the weather and working […]

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Have You Ever High-Fived a Turtle? Hands-On at the Wildlife Festival

Hundreds of families gathered for a wildlife festival at Toledo Botanical Garden earlier this month to celebrate and explore some of the creatures that live in our community. The event gave kids an opportunity to view and at times have a hands-on experience with a variety of animals. Attendees experienced: baby mink, ducklings, owls, hawks, […]

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Wild and Scenic Riverfront Added to Forrest Woods

Nestled along a slight bend in the Maumee River is Black Swamp Conservancy’s newest property. This recent addition to Forrest Woods Nature Preserve contains ¾ of a mile of river frontage and brings the preserve to 393 acres. The 48 acre site includes about eight acres of vegetated buffer and windbreaks, the remainder is cropland. […]

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A Good Sign! Teaching the Importance of Streams and Wetlands

Restoration projects at Forrest Woods Nature Preserve are now complete! We are really excited to share these interpretive signs we created as an educational tool for preserve visitors.  Special thanks to designer Margo Puffenberger for her help on this project.

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