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Come Roam the Prairie

Like putting the pieces of a giant puzzle into place, the Conservancy secured Clean Ohio funds to add another 6.45 acres of protected land to our Homestead property. The resulting picture is one of restored prairie land featuring an explosive wildflower bloom and a one-mile walking trail which is open daily for everyone to explore. […]

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Walking While Reading Can Be Healthy and Fun

Imagine walking with your kids or grandkids on a beautiful summer day – and reading a book at the same time! Black Swamp Conservancy is combining two of our favorite summer habits in a StoryWalk® program that will be appearing around the region this summer. The StoryWalk concept promotes literacy, physical activity and community involvement. […]

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Heal the Earth – Plant a Tree

Last July, Rotary International’s incoming president Ian H.S. Riseley challenged all 1.2 million members around the world to plant a tree before Earth Day 2018 on April 22. The Toledo Rotary Club has taken that challenge seriously, and committed to providing funding for the Conservancy to plant 500 new trees at Forrest Woods Nature Preserve. […]

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Find the Gloves, It’s Time for Spring

As the first warm(er) rays of sun begin to heat up the Earth, those of us who love the outdoors begin to look for projects to start. Well, look no more, because the Conservancy is offering a range of Stewardship days and walks this spring. Saturday, April 21, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Forrest Woods Preserve. […]

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Transformation Along the Maumee

From a flooded agriculture field to native forested seasonal and riparian wetlands, planning is underway to transform a 48-acre site along the Maumee River in Paulding County. This Conservancy-restored property will ultimately include an expanded habitat for birds, animals and fish, and its woodlands will help reduce the amount of nutrients and sediments entering the […]

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Celebrate Conservation in Northwest Ohio

Black Swamp Conservancy’s 7th annual fundraiser, Bluegrass & Green Acres, has changed locations for its 2018 event. The Malawi Event Center at Toledo Zoo is the setting for the March 16 celebration, which begins at 6:30 p.m. We’re excited to be featuring the Mark Lavengood Band this year. And, as usual, we have some unique auction […]

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Farming Cleaner Water

When Lyle and Sally (Carter) Loomis donated their 60-acre farm to the Wood County Park District almost 20 years ago, they planned for it to become a place to be enjoyed and appreciated by the community. Today it is a working depression-era (1930s) farm and cultural history museum, offering interactive programs, displays and special events […]

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Conserving Land … And Energy

It has been about three years since the Conservancy purchased its office and moved operations onto a protected property. We set out to create a conservation center for northwest Ohio here at the Homestead, and are steadily making strides toward that goal. Thanks to a generous contribution from the First Solar Charitable Fund at Toledo […]

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Growing New Farmers in Northwest Ohio

Black Swamp Conservancy is launching an initiative to support northwest Ohio’s next generation of farmers. The Northwest Ohio Farm Access Program will serve as an agriculture incubator to reduce the biggest hurdle facing beginning farmers – acquiring farmland. The initiative also aims at connecting them with training opportunities and assistance to increase local and sustainable […]

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We’ve Set a New Standard – 17,000 Acres

While our work is never about the size of things, 17,000 acres is a really impressive amount of space. We’re proud that, with the help of forward-thinking landowners, we are now protecting 17,000 acres of land in northwest Ohio – forever. Our protected areas represent some of northwest Ohio’s finest natural habitats and working lands, […]

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