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Protected Corridor Expands Along Little Beaver Creek State and National Wild and Scenic River

LISBON, Ohio – More land along one of Ohio’s most beautiful rivers will now be protected. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP) Scenic Rivers Program has purchased 73 more acres of land along Little Beaver Creek, a State Wild and Scenic and National Scenic River.

“Our state’s scenic rivers are not only beautiful, but they are critical to wildlife habitat and provide exceptional recreation,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said.  “We are doing everything we can to protect these precious waterways so future generations can enjoy them.”

The new property protects approximately ½ mile of forest corridor along Little Beaver Creek and more than a ¼ mile of a perennial headwater stream.  While surveying the property, DNAP biologists recently discovered a population of the state-endangered running buffalo clover (Trifolium stoloniferum).  This sighting is the northernmost population ever recorded in Ohio.  The property is also ecologically important as it protects a high-quality tributary headwater stream that contains several salamander species, a series of small waterfalls, groundwater seeps and springs.

“Ohio’s state scenic rivers are special places that deserve the utmost protection,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “We are working each and every day to take care of the rivers and the lands around them to keep water clean, help wildlife succeed, and give people a place to soak in all that beautiful scenery.”

Currently this property has limited access but can be reached from Little Beaver Creek by people willing to float into the site and get out to enjoy this beautiful piece of property.  For those who are willing to work to access the site, fishing, hiking, wildlife observation, and photography are all permitted activities on the site.

The new acquisition brings the total amount of protected land along Little Beaver Creek through DNAP’s Sheepskin Hollow Preserve, scenic river lands, and conservation easements to more than 3,300 acres with an additional 3,800 acres protected through Beaver Creek State Park and Beaver Creek State Forest.

Funding for this acquisition was provided through the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves Tax Check off program and an anonymous private donation made through The Nature Conservancy.  The purchase of this property was assisted by support from the Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

“When conservation is bolstered by strong partnerships and generous philanthropy, the positive impacts for wildlife and people are enhanced,” Director of Land Protection for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio Terry Seidel said. “We are thrilled to see this land permanently protected and hope it enriches the recreation experiences for all those who visit Little Beaver Creek.”

The Division of Natural Areas and Preserves administers 141 state nature preserves protecting significant natural features for Ohioans to enjoy in perpetuity. Land acquisitions such as these are made possible thanks to generous donations made through the Ohio State Income Tax Refund Program.

For more information on how to make a donation, click here. Contributions can also be made year-round via check sent to the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, 2045 Morse Road, Building H-3, Columbus, OH 43229.

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