Preserving Ohio's Natural Heritage
Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Ohio is endowed with a diversity of plant and animal life, unique habitats, and outstanding geological features. Preserving these natural resources has not always been a high priority in Ohio. Conquering the wilderness and changing the state into farm land and cities left little of Ohio's natural areas remaining.
However, in the late 1950's, with a sense of urgency, several private organizations acquired areas as preserves, with The Nature Conservancy being a leader in this endeavor. By the end of the 1960's, it was obvious that private efforts alone could not stop natural areas from being developed, as suburban sprawl became an ever driving force in the state. Only the State, with its power of eminent domain, could protect some of these unique areas.
In 1970, the Ohio's Natural Areas Bill established that the Department of Natural Resources could purchase and administer state nature preserves. Since its inception, the Natural Areas Program has acquired a statewide system of 135 nature preserves encompassing nearly 27,000 acres of forests, bogs, fens, marsh lands, prairies, and geological features.
Recent state budget shortfalls are now threatening their future management and protection. Come and join us to find out what you can do to help continue preserving these precious natural areas.
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