These last several months have been challenging for all of us as the threat of Coronavirus has disrupted nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Through all of this upheaval, the undeniable healing power of nature has remained a constant and the importance of its protection has been more evident than ever before.
Data from Google’s COVID-19 Mobility Reports show that while workplace, recreation, retail, grocery and other travel significantly dropped off – use of parks, trails and nature preserves rose by upwards of 100 percent. This unprecedented use of natural spaces brought about by the pandemic demonstrates the critical need for open space within each and every local community.
While things have been far from normal at Black Swamp Conservancy, our commitment to conservation in northwest Ohio remains steadfast. After having to cancel this year’s Bluegrass and Green Acres fundraiser at the last minute, our staff and Board transitioned to working remotely. And, we have kept busy – completing land protection projects that were in process and advancing new and exciting restoration initiatives. We have also developed new protocols to ensure that we are able to safely continue caring for our preserved properties through monitoring and sound management activities. There are many voices in today’s landscape, all with messages of legitimate and heartfelt need. But the need that connects all of us, today and into an unknown future, is the continued ability to protect this shared planet and the abundant, healing nature it provides.
Thank you for your support of Black Swamp Conservancy and for helping to make this critical work possible.