New Park District Board Tours Maumee Area Land

PAULDING, CO. – Last Thursday, April 16, members and guests of the Paulding County Park District board were treated to a tour of the 270-plus acre Forrest Woods Nature Preserve near Antwerp by representatives of the Black Swamp Conservancy. Also on the tour, the board showed off some of the properties along the Maumee River and Rochester Park that they hope to turn into recreational areas to be used by the public.

While on the tour, Rob Krain, executive director of the Conservancy, and Chris Coller, land protection specialist, educated the members and their guests on their organization’s goals and projects and said they hope a long-term relationship can be formed with the park board to benefit Paulding and surrounding counties.

“We look forward to a long-term working relationship with the Conservancy,” said Damien Morales, chairman of the park board. “We know we will meet with a number of challenges, but we’ll just take it one step at a time. Our goal is to provide places in the county where our residents and visitors can take their families to enjoy nature. We will have plenty of room for wildlife watching, birding, hiking and other activities.”

The park board meets every third Tuesday at the Black Swamp Nature Center. Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be May 19.