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This Land Is Your Land

Americans have a deep-rooted tradition of turning to our landscape to sustain and enrich our lives.

Even during times of crisis America’s greatest leaders have committed to conservation as a means of uplifting our people and healing our nation. During the Civil War President Lincoln authorized California to protect Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove “for public use, resort and recreation.” That same year The New York Times called for the establishment of a public park in the Adirondacks. Years later President Franklin Roosevelt would help save our land, as well as a generation of young men, by setting the Civilian Conservation Corps to work in the country’s national forests

The Nature Conservancy is a staunch supporter of today’s public land protection efforts, backing policy initiatives such as America’s Great Outdoors and urging permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund—our government’s key program for protecting land and water. 

Here in Ohio, the Conservancy has a long history of working on the ground with local, state and federal entities to establish and expand some of the state’s finest natural areas. From the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Ohio River, more than 35,000 acres—and counting—of the Buckeye State’s most important and well known local parks, state nature preserves and other public lands have been protected with the help of the Conservancy. 

While the following sites represent only a fraction of our projects in Ohio, we hope these highlights will inspire you to explore and protect our great outdoors. 

After all, this land is your land.



Northern Ohio - Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve

Northern Ohio - East Sandusky Bay MetroPark

Northern Ohio - Wildwood Preserve Metropark

Central Ohio - Pickerington Ponds Metro Park

Central Ohio - Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Southern Ohio - Wayne National Forest

Southern Ohio - Hamilton County Park District

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