The 650-acre Lucia S. Nash Preserve, located in Geauga County, includes Snow Lake - a small kettle lake surrounded by emergent marsh, sedge meadow and shrub swamp. The low hills around the lake support upland forest with scattered vernal pools and swamp forests. The preserve also protects the only remaining old growth white pine boreal fen in Ohio.
Lucia S. Nash Preserve, formerly known as White Pine Bog, is part of a larger, 20,000-acre wetland complex of boggy bottomland known as the Cuyahoga Wetlands—an area considered one of the finest remaining glacial wetlands in Ohio. The complex also includes the Geauga Park District’s Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve and The Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Fern Lake.
The property is adjacent to a patchwork of 18,000 acres the City of Akron owns and manages to protect the city’s drinking water reservoirs downstream. The 300,000 customers who rely on Akron’s municipal water system benefit from the protection of the Lucia S. Nash Preserve and other nearby natural areas.
This preserve is not yet open to the public, but future plans for the preserve include a trail that winds through the woods, around vernal pools and along the lake that will be open to the public sometime in 2019. Read more about Snow Lake and the surrounding lands that are considered to be the crown jewel of the Cuyahoga Wetlands.
What TNC Has Done/Is Doing
- Developing a plan to open the property to the public, likely in 2019.
- In 2017 the Conservancy completed a 272-acre acquisition that grew the size of the preserve to 650 acres.
- Addressing the threat of invasive species, such as phragmites, narrow-leaved cattails and reed canary grass.
SPECIES THAT USE THE PRESERVE
Plants: rare tamarack-hardwood bog community, grass-pink orchid, necklace sedge, early coral-root, bunchberry, bog bedstraw, butternut, marsh spear-grass, coarse smartweed, Hill's pondweed, bog willow, white water crowfoot, arrow arum, yellow water lily
Birds: bald eagle, hermit thrush, marsh wren, sedge wren, cerulean warbler, least bittern, Virginia rail, Canada warbler, yellow-bellied sapsucker, trumpeter swan, sandhill crane, wood duck, osprey, wild turkey, great blue heron
Mammals: beaver, otter, raccoon, mink, fox
Reptiles: spotted turtle, Northern water snake, snapping turtle