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December 2015 Natural Areas & Preserves eNewsletter

We invite you to visit your State Nature Preserves. Hiking, bird watching and wildlife photography are just some of the activities you can enjoy at your nearby State Nature Preserve.

Enjoy a Program or Hike

State Nature Preserve staff will be hosting several programs this winter across the state. Attending a program is a great way to learn more about the flora, fauna and geological features we protect. Programs are coming up at Clifton Gorge, Stages Pond, and Christmas Rocks state nature preserves. View the calendar of events

A Prescription for Preservation: Prescribed Fire on Ohio’s State Nature Preserves

Daughmer Prairie Burn

The Ohio State Nature Preserves program has the lofty goal of protecting some of the state's rarest and most endangered habitats. I have often likened our mission to one of protecting a snapshot of Ohio's natural heritage. In actuality, we aren't saving a picture, a single view of our history, but rather a centuries-long movie encompassing the processes and interactions of multitudes of species with the geology, climate and all that comprises our natural world - and this movie continues yet today.

“Give Back Day" A Rewarding Success

Giveback day

On Saturday, November 7, 150 volunteers cleared 5 acres of invasive, non-native honeysuckle from high quality wild flower habitat along the Little Miami River at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park.

Chaparral Prairie Grows with Partnership

Chaparral Prairie

Working with our preserve managers, Columbus Audubon’s service in the preserves team has planned another season of important trips across Ohio. We thank our dedicated volunteers who have given up their Saturdays for more than 30 years to help improve public access and control invasive plants in our state nature preserves. Are you interested in joining them?

Saving Mentor Marsh – Grant Funding Seeds Hope Through Restoration

Mentor Marsh

Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve lies in an ancient abandoned course of the Grand River in Lake County. It was identified as a critically important natural area when dedicated as the first Ohio State Nature Preserve in 1971.

Service in the Preserves – Volunteer with Us

Change and growth

There is no better way to experience a State Nature Preserve than spending a few hours in the field, working alongside preserve management staff and like-minded folks from around the state who share your in interest in Ohio’s natural heritage and beauty.

Join Us in Protecting Ohio’s State Nature Preserves

With the holidays approaching, and the season of giving upon us, we hope you will consider a gift to Ohio’s State Nature Preserves this year.