The Conservancy is developing solutions to the growing problems of agricultural runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin that spoils fish spawning grounds and causes harmful algal blooms. We are pioneering innovative farm practices in the headwaters of the Maumee River, while advocating for incentive programs and commonsense regulations to curtail the flood of fertilizers and sediment into the lake.
The Conservancy's Kitty Todd Nature Preserve is a demonstration site for natural land management in the middle of an urban area. We have carefully reintroduced fire, restored sensitive wetlands and assisted other land managers in the highly populated Oak Openings region of Northwest Ohio, which harbors one of the greatest collections of plant and animal diversity in the state.
The Conservancy is helping to restore 10,000 acres within one mile of Lake Erie's shoreline, which is a global hotspot for migratory birds and provides critical spawning areas for sport fish like walleye and perch. With public and private land managers, we are working to mobilize leadership and funding to accomplish this goal and thereby contribute significantly to local tourism.
The Conservancy is working in the Grand River watershed to combat invasive species and triple the size of its Morgan Swamp Preserve, making it one of the largest protected inland wetlands in the state. Our goal is to work with other conservation groups and state agencies to keep the Grand River the cleanest and most biologically diverse Lake Erie tributary.
The Conservancy has launched an ambitious project to assemble the largest consolidated block of protected forestland in Ohio by acquiring a 6,000-acre "land bridge" that will link our 14,000-acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve to the 63,0000-acre Shawnee State Forest. The end result will be the largest contiguous protected forest in the state and a haven for bobcat, green salamander and nesting migratory birds.
The Conservancy is working with more than a dozen states and federal agencies like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve native fish passage along nearly 1,000 miles of the Ohio River, which is segmented by a series of locks and dams. Changing the operation of these facilities will increase the size and health of fish and mussel populations in Ohio and throughout the river basin without hampering barge traffic.