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. Read more about Snow Lake and the surrounding lands that are considered to be the crown jewel of the Cuyahoga Wetlands.
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.
What TNC Has Done/Is Doing
- The preserve and the new trail opened to the public in summer 2020.
- In late 2019 and early 2020, improvements were made to the property and a new trail was constructed and dedicated to Barbara A. Lipscomb, a long-time supporter and trustee of The Nature Conservancy.
- In 2019 a new parking lot was constructed and plans for a trail began.
- 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.
Keep an Eye Out for These 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