Highlights from 2016 - Slideshow

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1,000 - Acres of invasive plant species controlled along the shoreline from Cleveland to Ashtabula as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The project targets 1,000 acres of aggressive invasive species, such as phragmites and bush honeysuckle, at more than a dozen privately and publicly owned sites—including the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, Mentor Marsh and Lake Erie Bluffs.

996 – Acres recently added to the Edge of Appalachia Preserve, making it the single largest land acquisition in the 55-year history of the preserve. Encompassing nearly all of Smoky Run—a healthy stream draining hilltop waters into the Ohio River—and home to a host of rare and endangered plants and animals, the property represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enhance the preserve.

7,500 – Acres of hemlock that the Conservancy has committed to help survey and inventory as part of the Ohio Hemlock Partnership, which seeks to protect the species from the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. These preventative efforts will safeguard key populations of the tree in Ohio and help restore balance to the landscape much more quickly in the insect’s aftermath.

725 – Acres improved in the Oak Openings Region and at the Edge of Appalachia Preserve through the Conservancy’s expanded controlled burn program. Fire is a natural event that contributes to the health of many habitats across Ohio; without fire, many plant species and the animals that depend on them would disappear.

3,000 – Acres the Conservancy has protected so far in its Sunshine Corridor project area—a land bridge connecting the Edge of Appalachia Preserve with Shawnee State Forest. Now halfway through the project, the Conservancy’s effort to link these two protected areas will create the largest contiguously protected forestland in Ohio.

2 – Waterways that will be protected and restored thanks to the newly launched Sister Creeks Collaboration. Together with Groundwork Cincinnati, the Conservancy is engaging urban youth with hands-on projects in the Mill Creek and Brush Creek watersheds, located in Cincinnati and Adams County, respectively.

375 – Acres of forestland protected at Woodland Altars in Adams County, expanding the Edge of Appalachia Preserve and completing a mitigation project that protects northern long-eared bat habitat.

2.5 – Miles of stream the Conservancy received requests to restore so far through our Ohio Stream and Wetland In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program. The program directs resources aimed at wetland and stream restoration to areas where they will do the most good.

100 – species of bees protected at our Kitty Todd Nature Preserve. Throughout all of its preserves, the Conservancy protects and manages habitat for many milkweed and pollinator-friendly species across a variety of landscapes—thereby helping to ensure genetic diversity and production of many plants—including most of the fruit and vegetables grown in Ohio.

20 - Percent reduction in nutrients the Conservancy has committed to helping achieve in the Mississippi River Basin by 2025. As a first step, the Conservancy secured agreement from its partners in the agribusiness sector to expand a successful nutrient certification program from the Lake Erie basin to the Ohio River watershed.


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