Restoration Update

Expanding Habitat, Protecting Water Quality

Published 12/26/2016 10:00 am

This year, the Conservancy took on its most ambitious restoration project to-date. We have been working to return some of the agricultural fields abutting Forrest Woods Nature Preserve back to their natural condition.

The construction phase of the project is now complete and the site has been planted with a winter cover to prevent erosion. In all, more than 30 acres of wetlands and floodplain have been created and more than 3,500 feet of stream has been de-channelized and returned to a natural condition with functioning floodplain.

Forrest Woods is one of the most important conservation sites in northwest Ohio. It is one of the few true remnants of the historic Great Black Swamp, and home to more than thirty rare, threatened and endangered species. This restoration project will expand upon that existing habitat to support larger and healthier wildlife populations. The project will also contribute to cleaner water in Lake Erie, by storing runoff water from nearby farms and up-taking nutrients before they reach the Maumee River.

We will be reforesting the entire restoration site this coming spring. Stay tuned for opportunities to help with tree plantings and to tour the site once the re-vegetation is complete.

This restoration was made possible with grant funding from National Fish & Wildlife Foundation’s Sustain Our Great Lakes Program, Ohio EPA’s Surface Water Improvement Fund and US EPA’s Great Lakes restoration Initiative.

     

Aerial view of restoration area before construction phase.

View of restored stream channel with functioning floodplain