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Protecting Southwest Ohio’s Beautiful Prairies

Posted on 2/8/2016 by State Nature Preserves

Prairies conjure up visions of vast grasslands stretching across the horizon, yet in southwest Ohio, there are pockets of rare, prairie openings among the woodlands. These unique prairies are home to some of Ohio’s most rare species and are among the “crown jewels” of Ohio’s habitats according to nature lovers, wildflower enthusiasts as well as bird and butterfly watchers.

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Protecting Northeast Ohio’s Unique Wetlands

Posted on 2/1/2016 by State Nature Preserves

In northeast Ohio, donations help preserve Ohio’s remaining bogs and fens, which are rare and unique wetlands. The Cooperrider-Kent Bog State Nature Preserve, located outside of Kent in Portage County, is an excellent example of how tax refund donations can benefit Ohio’s natural areas.

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Tax Donations Fund Preservation of Ohio’s State Nature Preserves

Posted on 1/21/2016 by State Nature Preserves

John Muir wrote in his 1912 work The Yosemite, "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike." I regard Ohio's dedicated nature preserves as filling the role of the very places to which Muir refers. And it is my great pleasure to be, along with you, a steward of these special places.

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