With your help, Black Swamp Conservancy is making a difference in northwest Ohio. In 2019, the Conservancy completed thirteen new conservation projects, protecting another 1,840 acres of land in our community – forever.
Among these newly protected properties are three new nature preserves, which stretch from the Lake Erie shoreline to the upper reaches of the Maumee River Watershed on the Little Auglaize and St. Joseph’s rivers. These spaces harbor rare and endangered species, protect water quality and offer opportunities for public recreation – including hiking and canoeing.
The Conservancy also completed two large-scale habitat restoration projects in the past year. At Carter Historic Farm near Bowling Green, we restored 20 acres of wetlands that serve as a publicly accessible demonstration project showcasing the importance of wetlands to clean water in our region. We’ve also continued our previous work at Forrest Woods Nature Preserve by restoring another 48 acres of floodplain back to function.
There is no slowing down in sight…
The Conservancy is now partnering with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on four new restoration projects under the H2Ohio Initiative that are intended to support a cleaner Lake Erie and will be underway shortly. We have also secured grant funding through the Clean Ohio Greenspace Program to protect three new sites in 2020 – two that will be new public nature preserves and another that will expand upon an already beloved community space.
Thank you for your support of Black Swamp Conservancy and for helping to make this important work possible in our community. We couldn’t do it without you.