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Blue Grass and Green Acres

More than 250 supporters joined us for Blue Grass & Green Acres on March 10th to celebrate land conservation in northwest Ohio. The evening included live music, auctions, great food and fellowship. We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended the event, our generous sponsors, dedicated volunteers, guest auctioneer, Jerry […]

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A Win Fore Conservation River Cliff Golf Course to Become a Public Park

Black Swamp Conservancy was recently awarded a Clean Ohio grant to purchase River Cliff Golf Course, in Fremont. The 70-acre property contains a mile of frontage on the Sandusky State Scenic River. “We are working in partnership with our friends at Sandusky County Park District on this exciting project,” says Conservancy executive director, Rob Krain. […]

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Calling All Photographers Share Your Best Shots!

In 2011, Black Swamp Conservancy partnered with the National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark on a photo exhibit we called 10,000 Acres Preserved, Forever. The exhibit has been traveling ever since, and has been displayed at parks, libraries, municipal buildings and other venues across our 16 county service area. We are now working […]

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Farmland Forever Carrying Out Dad’s Vision

Rebecca Fausey’s father instilled in her the importance of conservation. He spoke often about “misuse of land” and made her promise that she wouldn’t allow the family farm to be split and turned into house lots after he was gone. Dad’s lessons stuck with Rebecca and guide the land ethic she lives by. In a […]

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Black Swamp Conservancy Earns National Recognition Accreditation Promotes Public Trust, Ensures Permanence

Black Swamp Conservancy today announced it has achieved accreditation – a mark of distinction in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that Black Swamp Conservancy’s lands will be protected forever. Almost 15 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities – an area about the […]

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Wanted: Nature Enthusiasts to Lend a Helping Hand

Visiting each of our protected properties at least once a year is part of the promise we make to our landowners. We do this to ensure that the agricultural lands are still being farmed, the woods and forests are still standing, and the wetlands…well, that they are still wet. With almost 16,000 acres, and well […]

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The Start of a Ten Year Test

Black Swamp Conservancy is doing its part to improve local water quality by undertaking stream, floodplain, and wetland restoration projects on Conservancy owned lands. These projects will restore native ecosystems around northwest Ohio’s waterways and help address the harmful algal bloom occurrences in Lake Erie. To determine the effectiveness of these restoration projects, water quality […]

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Local Land Named “MVW”

Black Swamp Conservancy’s Forrest Woods Nature Preserve was recently named the Society of Wetland Scientists first ever Most Valuable Wetland as part of their “Wetland Treasure” program. The program features and highlights wetlands that exhibit exemplary function and service. The mission of the Society of Wetland Scientists is to promote understanding, conservation, scientifically based management, and sustainable […]

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Old Growth Forests

Many authors occupy space upon my shelves. Wendell Berry has moved my heart, but Joan Maloof has moved my feet. After reading Maloof’s “Among the Ancients” I had to go see the last remains of our Old-Growth Forests: Cathedral Woods West Virginia, George Washington National Forest in Virginia, Cook Forest Pennsylvania, Congaree National Park in […]

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A Sure Sign of Spring

There are many signs of spring. Skunk cabbage peeking through the ground… The raspy call of chorus frogs… The influx of seed catalogs in your mailbox… Here at the Conservancy Homestead, spring has arrived when we begin to see the regal Great Blue Heron soaring past the office windows into the heart of Bell Woods. […]

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