The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
The Nature Conservancy envisions Ohio thriving with healthy streams, wetlands and forests that will help revitalize the globally significant Great Lakes and Ohio River. With partners, we will conserve the most vital freshwater and forest habitats in Ohio and support the conservation of related habitats beyond our borders.
Since 1958, the Conservancy has protected more than 60,000 acres of critical natural lands in Ohio. To learn more about our work, click on the listings below. You can also view a map of our project areas.
Go take a hike! Visit one of the Conservancy's Open Preserves in Ohio.
Western Lake Erie Basin
Imagine Lake Erie's western basin shimmering with clean water and lined with nourishing wetlands inhabited by colorful birds and other wildlife. The public benefits from clean drinking water, sport fishing, birding and recreational boating. Visitors enjoy the marinas and beaches while tens of thousands of waterfowl and songbirds stop to rest and refuel during their semiannual migrations.
Great Egret Marsh Preserve
Kitty Todd Preserve
Habitat protection for migratory birds
Central Lake Erie Watersheds
Imagine wetlands and forests lining the Grand River and other biologically rich rivers of Northeast Ohio. They provide critical wildlife habitat while filtering drinking water and controlling floods. Landowners, conservation groups, community leaders and businesses work together to ensure that development occurs responsibly so that populations of snowshoe hare, river otter and other wildlife flourish.
Morgan Swamp Preserve
Herrick Fen Preserve
Beck Fen Preserve
Lucia S. Nash Preserve
Flatiron Lake Bog Preserve
Legacy Preserves and Project Areas
Upper Ohio River and Tributaries
Imagine the Ohio River thriving with clean water and wildlife, providing water for energy transportation and drinking to communities throughout the watershed. Major tributaries flow unobstructed into this great river, allowing free movement of fish and freshwater mussels. For the first time, the locks and dams along the river are managed to encourage fish passage for sturgeon, paddlefish and other species.
Darby Creek Watershed
Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve
Appalachian Foothill Forests
Imagine millions of acres of Ohio forests that are managed sustainably to support jobs, timber and habitat for animals like bear, bobcat and dozens of migratory bird species. These forests clean our air and drinking water while soaking up heat-trapping gases. Families reconnect with nature in these woods and reaffirm their way of life by camping, fishing and hunting.
Edge of Appalachia Preserve System
Strait Creek Prairie Bluffs Preserve
Baker Swamp Preserve
Glade Wetland Preserve