The Nature Conservancy in Ohio

Ohio Forests

Prior to European arrival, 90% of Ohio was covered in forest. By the turn of the 20th century, just 10% of Ohio’s forests remained. © Karen Adair/TNC

Today, Ohio’s Appalachian forests are returning, with nearly 40% of the region cloaked in mixed hardwood forest. The Nature Conservancy’s 13,500-acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve is a key component of this recovery process, mending habitats on a large scale and preserving the landscape’s unique natural legacy. © TNC

The most popular of all trails in the Edge of Appalachia Preserve system is the one that leads to Buzzardroost Rock. The panoramic scene from this hilltop has been called Ohio’s most spectacular view. © TNC

Hikers seeking seclusion at the Edge of Appalachia Preserve will find just what they’re looking for on The Wilderness trail... nobody. The newest trail at the Edge of Appalachia Preserve offers visitors a chance to escape into the woods for some peace and quiet, except for the sounds of local wildlife. © Cincinnati Museum Center

If you’re interested in seeing where the Conservancy got its start in Ohio, Lynx Prairie is the place to visit. Here, amidst rich woodland, islands of grassland support rare species like Texas sandwort and blue-hearts and give visitors a peek at what once was an extensive prairie system in the area. © TNC

In southern Ohio, the Conservancy is striving to bridge the gaps in ownership in the lands between Shawnee State Park and its 13,500-acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve System. © ODNR

Since 1989, the Conservancy has worked with the Wayne National Forest to protect more than 5,475 acres of forest for the benefit of future generations. © TNC


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