Vol. 26, No. 2 Spring 2004
NEW PROGRAMMING SERIES TNC LENDS
debuts this spring to Natural Heritage Database
The following excerpted article, written by Jessica
Looking to spend some quality time outside? Check out Sharon, was featured in The Nature Conservancy,
Ohio Chapter newsletter, Ohio Landscapes. The article
the 2004 Natural Areas Discovery Series, presented by features two TNC employees who are on loan to the
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves for a few hours
the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. each week.
The division has begun hosting open The first event took place at Clifton Field work may be solitary, but The
house-styled events, one Saturday each Gorge State Nature Preserve in late April. Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) botanist Rick
month from April until October. Many Preserve Manager Tim Snyder, working Gardner also spends time working with
of the events feature scheduled hikes, with other preserve staff, coordinated other ecologists to discuss restoration and
interpretative programming and a three hikes. Visitors had a chance to protection issues. Because of the limited
chance to meet division staff. see the many wildflowers gracing the number of botanists across the state,
preserve’s trails as they wind along the knowing where to look for threatened
The popularity of past programming Little Miami State and National Scenic species is extremely helpful.
activities prompted the division to begin River.
offering regional events that could reach continues on page 3
more participants than some of its past “Clifton Gorge has always been known
programs. for its brilliant display of spring
wildflowers,” said Snyder.“Although
“Ohio’s state nature preserves have a flowers were the center of attention,
lot to offer visitors–scenic vistas, rare visitors were also introduced to the
plants and a variety of landscapes in any equally interesting geology and cultural
season,” said Nancy Strayer, Division of history of the area.”
Natural Areas and Preserves’ acting chief.
“Our new programming series is a great continues on page 2
way to discover a new preserve, or visit
an old favorite.”
Fowler Woods In This Issue
Best Plant Finds of 2003 ...... 3
Preserve Spotlight................. 4
SQM Workshops................... 5
Conkle’s Hollow Closed........ 5
Islands in the Sky.................. 7
Cranberry Bog Lottery .......... 8
The division invites you
and your family to try one of this year’s
Natural Areas Discovery Series’ programs
WILDFLOWER RAMBLES THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
IN PORTAGE COUNTY IN WARREN COUNTY
Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve Little Miami State and National
May 8, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Scenic River & Caesar Creek Gorge
Whether you love the colors of spring State Nature Preserve
wildflowers or spotting birds in flight July 10, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
along a scenic creek, you’ll have your By land or by water… choose your
choice of outdoor fun. The 7:30 a.m. nature adventure. About 35 visitors
hike along Beaver Run Trail will focus on will have an opportunity to canoe
the birds of Eagle Creek. Two wildflower along the Caesar Creek and before
walks (10 a.m. and noon) will feature returning, take a short hike into
the varieties of spring blooms seen from Caesar Creek State Nature Preserve.
on and off the preserve’s trails. The 10
For visitors who prefer their
a.m. walk will be longer and visitors are
adventures on land, a 2-mile hike
encouraged to bring water or a snack.
along the preserve’s Caesar Trace Trail
“The 10 a.m. hike will take visitors to will highlight the best of the preserve’s
a rarely visited area on the southern habitats. Hikes are scheduled for 10
side of the preserve,” said Emliss a.m. and 2 p.m.
Ricks. “They’ll see acres of large- Canoes will be provided on a first-come, BIRDING ON THE COASTAL
flowered trilliums and other spectacular first-serve basis for the 10 a.m. canoe DUNES OF LAKE COUNTY
wildflowers.” float session. Transportation will be Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve
All walks will start at the preserve’s parking provided from the take-out point back
to the Shelter House where the trip September 18, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
lot. Eagle Creek is located on Hopkins Road,
one mile south of Center Road in Nelson begins. Personal flotation devices will be As summer turns to autumn, Headlands Dunes
Township, which is located 2 miles east of available, but participants weighing less is a wonderful place to experience one of Ohio’s
Garrettsville. For more information, contact than 90 pounds must bring their own. All best coastal dunes communities. Whether your
(330) 527-5118. participants will be required to sign release interest is botanical or avian, there is plenty to
forms, and anyone under age 18 must by see at this Lake Erie preserve. Many rare plants
accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
CELEBRATING GREAT LAKE to participate. The area is remote and
grow on the sand dunes and a variety of shore
ESTUARIES IN ERIE COUNTY refreshments are not provided, so please birds can be seen resting along the beach. Begin
plan accordingly. your visit with an 8 a.m. bird hike, or learn more
Old Woman Creek State Nature
about coastal plants by joining one of two hikes
Preserve & National Estuarine Caesar Creek Gorge is located 3 miles (11 a.m. or 1 p.m.) focusing on the unique
Research Research north of Oregonia on Corwin Road on the
vegetation of the dunes.
June 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. east side of the Little Miami State Scenic
River. For more information, contact Located west of Fairport Harbor on the north end of
Early summer is a beautiful time to visit (513) 934-0751. State Route 44 and extreme east end of Headlands
the shores of Lake Erie and this event is Beach State Park. Parking and restrooms are available
sure to please visitors of all ages. A full A BLAZE OF PRAIRIE GLORY in the state park. For more information, contact
day of activities includes hourly tours of (440) 632-3010.
IN ADAMS COUNTY
the new environmentally friendly Visitor’s
Center, research exhibits, guided hikes Chaparral Prairie LEAF PEEPING IN RICHLAND
through the various habitats of the State Nature Preserve AND WAYNE COUNTIES
preserve and, if conditions permit, short August 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fowler Woods and Johnson Woods
canoe trips into the estuary. The prairies of Adams County are State Nature Preserves
Old Woman Creek is located 3 miles east near peak bloom in early August.
October 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
of Huron on U.S. Route 6. For more You won’t forget the bright hues of
information, contact (419) 433-4601. all the prairie wildflowers on display Fowler Woods and Johnson Woods will both be
at Chaparral Prairie and other Adams hosting fall foliage events, giving you twice the
County sites. This open house-styled opportunity to see the best in fall color. Guided,
event features summer wildflower fall color hikes will begin at each site at 10 a.m.,
walks and prairie programming. If you 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Choose the woods you
like what you see at Chaparral, staff haven’t seen yet, or see both beautiful wooded
will be on-hand to direct you to other preserves on the same day. Both preserves have
Adams County prairies. good accessibility for a range of visitors.
From West Union, travel north on State Fowler Woods is located in Richland County, 6 miles
Route 247 for 1⁄4 mile. Turn left on northwest of Olivesburg on Olivesburg-Fitchville Road,
Chaparral Road for about 2.5 miles. Turn just south of its junction with Noble Road. For more
right on Hawk Hills Road; the preserve is on information about Fowler Woods, contact
the left. For more information, contact (419) 981-6319.
(937) 544-9750 Johnson Woods is located in Wayne County about 4
miles north of Orrville on State Route 57, then travel
one mile east on Fox Lake Road. Parking is available
on the north side of Fox Lake Road. For more
Large-flowered information about Johnson Woods, contact
trillium at Eagle Creek (419) 433-4919.
TNC LENDS PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT database will tell you when the species best information available, then it is a
continued from page 1 was last observed and how many good investment for the Conservancy to
individuals were seen,” said Marleen assist in this small way,” said Kromer.
“It’s very important to collaborate Kromer, the Ohio Chapter’s inter-
with fellow botanists and ecologists agency program development director. Just as The Nature Conservancy helped
because we need to share information establish the program, the Ohio
on rare species and rare habitats,” The information found in the division’s Chapter is helping to keep the database
Gardner said. growing database allows developers current. Gardner and Kromer have
and businesses to comply with been spending several hours each week
The botanist’s work is a little easier, environmental laws when developing at the division’s offices, helping to meet
however, thanks to the collaborative projects. Local governments use the staffing needs.
efforts of Gardner and other scientists data to assist in land use planning and
who continue to maintain one of the municipal agencies are guided by the “The time that Rick and Marleen
most complete databases available for Natural Heritage Database to better have spent working with the Natural
rare plants and animals. While The manage our public lands. Heritage Database has been invaluable,”
Nature Conservancy has been tracking said Nancy Strayer, acting chief for
species since its inception, it wasn’t “The Heritage data is important to the Division of Natural Areas and
until 1974 that the organization helped many groups, including TNC, because Preserves. “By being an active partner
to establish a state-by-state listing of it provides essential information that is in furthering the division’s mission, The
rare species in the U.S. used in developing our conservation Nature Conservancy’s Ohio Chapter
plans. It’s the basis for our actions. If continues to help us make a difference
Since then, this database–known as we can help ensure that it provides the in Ohio.”
the Natural Heritage Program–has
grown to include a network of public
and private organizations whose goal
Best Plant Finds of 2003
is to produce a single, comprehensive
catalogue of the status and locations
of rare species.
With more than 1,800 native plants, Ohio is one of the most
floristically diverse states in the Midwest. Ohio botanists continue to
discover an average of two new species annually, and 2003 was no
different. There were many significant endangered and threatened
plant finds last year– more than we have room to print.
Two species previously unrecorded Minney, who also found it in Scioto
in Ohio were both found in Clermont County. Also, Phil Zito, recently
County. Cincinnati botanist Dan Boone retired from the division, found
found both in an unusual acidic coppery St. John’s wort (Hypericum
wetland dominated by sphagnum denticulatum) along with division
moss and netted chain fern. Boone botanist Jim McCormac.
located twining screwstem (Bartonia
paniculata), a tiny member of the In neighboring Pike County, Boone
gentian family. On a later visit, relocated buffalo clover (Trifolium
Boone found red chokeberry (Aronia reflexum). The only modern record
arbutifolia), a large and striking shrub was from 1990.
with bright red fruit.
It takes a sharp eye to locate the
Working with the Ohio Division of Another great find, bigtree plum tiny endangered Carolina leaf-
Natural Areas and Preserves, The (Prunus mexicana), was found by The flower (Phyllanthus caroliniensis),
Conservancy set up Ohio’s Nature Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) botanists but DNAP volunteer botanist Len
Heritage Database in 1976 and provided Rick Gardner and Dave Minney, along Mikles discovered the plant growing
the original staff for the program before with Lawrence County botanist Judy in a remote area of Shawnee State
turning it over to the division. Dumke. The plants were found in Forest in Scioto County, along with
the Wayne National Forest and it was volunteer Pat Deering and McCormac.
If you want to know, for example, Elsewhere in the forest, Shawnee State
Lawrence County’s first record in 52
where in Ohio you’d most likely find a Park Manager Kevin Bradbury found
grass-pink orchid, or the rare Allegheny a small colony of the threatened
woodrat or if you’d like to know how The southernmost region of Ohio great rhododendron (Rhododendron
many bogs can be found in Portage produced noteworthy finds. Jackson maximum), which is only the second
County, you’d go to the Ohio Naturalal County finds included Tennessee county record. Another Scioto County
Heritage Database. pondweed (Potamogeton tennesseensis) find, Virginia ground-cherry (Physalis
by Minney and Gardner, and spotted virginiana), was found by former
“You can search by county, by
panic grass (Panicum yadkinense) by
topographical quad, by watershed. The continues on page 6
Within Kiser Lake State
Park are two distinct
areas protected within
the borders of Kiser Lake
Wetlands State Nature
Preserve in Champaign
County. The history of
the preserve lies in both
natural and man-made
shaped the landscape
of today and left behind
a variety of interesting
plants, birds and habitats.
County, within Kiser
Lake State Park,
State Nature Preserve south of the camp-
ground on Kiser Lake
Road. Park at the Red
Visit a wet fen meadow in summer Oak Trail parking lot.
The preserve is a remnant of a fen that diverse habitats, such as prairie fen and smooth gooseberry can be found
was formed after the last Ice Age, when meadows, woods and marsh. The growing in the preserve.
the retreating Wisconsinan glacier left alkaline water percolating to the surface
depressions behind, which later filled of the preserve’s fen comes from cold Summer is a great time to visit and
with water to create a lake. As the lake water springs and seeps. The water view the vibrantly colored prairie
drained, the low areas still held water temperature and the 3-foot layer of and fen wildflowers. Some of Kiser
and were filled with decaying plant Lake Wetlands’ showiest blooms
nutrient-rich, decaying plant matter, or
material. The original, natural lake was include the fiery queen-of-the-prairie
peat, supplies nutrients to plants not
blocked at one end by the Farmersville and the lovely small-fringed gentian.
commonly seen in Ohio’s backyards.
moraine and at the other end by the Interesting preserve plants include
glacier which took a few centuries to Kiser Lake Wetlands is actually two shrubby cinquefoil, marsh marigold,
retreat northward. As that lake drained, distinct areas. Fourteen acres are grass of Parnassus, big bluestem, Ohio
it left more than 300 acres of peat, located on the southern shoreline and goldenrod and poison sumac.
which is now mostly covered by the 37 acres are in the headwater area at Visitors may also see an assortment
waters of Kiser Lake. the southeast corner of Kiser Lake. of wildlife including whitetail deer,
Although the larger of the two areas is turkey, owls, hawks and a variety of
In the 1800s, settlers created a lake open to the public year round, the 14- woodpeckers.
when a dam was built across Mosquito acre area is only open to visitors with
Creek, which had flowed through the access permits. The 37-acre headwater Kiser Lake Wetlands State Nature
fen, known as Mosquito Lake Bog. As parcel features a 2/3 mile trail which Preserve features a boardwalk trail
the dam deteriorated, Mosquito Lake is partially a boardwalk trail, keeping in the Headwaters section. For more
emptied and once again revealed the visitors’ feet dry as they traverse the information, call (937) 663-4197 or visit
original bog. Later in 1940, Mosquito wettest areas of the preserve. our web site at www.ohiodnr.com/
Lake Bog was once again blanketed by dnap.
water when the dam for the present Many of the preserve’s most interesting
lake was constructed. plant species were transported from Herb Leen
West District Preserve Manager
the south with the retreat of the
Dedicated in 1975, the preserve’s 51 Wisconsinan glacier. Unique plants like
acres gives visitors a chance to see
prairie sedge, beaked sedge, coolwort
Volunteers make a
difference at Caesar Creek
A group of dedicated high school students from Mason
donated their time and money to Caesar Creek Gorge
State Nature Preserve in Warren County. Working with
their high school advisor, Tim King, students helped the
division protect native plants by cutting invasive bush
honeysuckle. A special thanks to two students, Lyndsay
Tomandi and Kurt Phillips, who raised $300 for the
preserve. The division appreciates the efforts of all the
students who helped improve conditions for visitors at
Caesar Creek Gorge.
If you or a group are interested in donating
your time to a local state nature preserve or
scenic river program, please contact (614) 265-6453 or visit our web site at www.ohiodnr.com/dnap.
To Close Temporarily
Beginning June 7, Conkle’s Hollow State
Nature Preserve in Hocking County will be
closed to the public.
Construction on a new footbridge, as well
as upgrading the Lower Gorge Trail for better
accessibility, is set to start in early July.
The division hopes the preserve will
reopen in November 2004.
For construction updates, please call
Make a splash in river preservation
Stream quality monitoring (SQM) is a fun and easy way to Free SQM training workshops are being held around the
help preserve Ohio’s state scenic rivers. The best part? It state–reserve your spot by contacting the SQM Coordinator
doesn’t take a lot of time or experience to learn SQM and near you.
what a great excuse to splash around in water!
NORTHWEST NORTHEAST CENTRAL OHIO SOUTHWEST
Ohio Scenic Rivers Ohio Scenic Rivers Scenic Rivers Ohio Scenic Rivers
Contact Anne Coburn-Griffis Paulding County Contact Billie Jaegers Contact Michael Lee Contact Bob Welch
(419) 981-6319 (330) 527-2961 (614) 265-6453 (513) 934-0751
Sept. 25, 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Antwerp Village Park, meet Little Beaver Creek Big Darby Creek (Workshops to be
Maumee State Scenic River announced – please call
at east park drive entrance. State Scenic & Wild River State Scenic River
Lucas County for schedule.)
Columbiana County Franklin County
May 8, 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Sandusky State Scenic River
Farnsworth Metropark, meet May 11, 5-7 p.m. May 20, 6-8 p.m.
Sandusky County Gaston Mill, Beaver June 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
in Roche de Bouf parking lot
June 5, 12-1 p.m. Creek State Park. June 24, 7-9 p.m.
near main shelter house. July 15, 7-9 p.m.
August 14, 11:00 a.m.-12 p.m.
June 12, 10 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Wolf Creek Park, meet in Grand State Scenic River Battelle-Darby Metropark,
Providence Metropark, meet canoe launch parking lot Lake County meet at Indian Ridge
in main parking lot near main (second entrance to park bulletin board.
May 13, 5-7 p.m.
shelter house beside dam. from State Route 53 South).
Hidden Valley Olentangy State Scenic River
Wyandot County Metropark, picnic area.
Wood County Delaware County
July 10, 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. June 5, 10-11 a.m. May 19, 6-8 p.m.
October 2, 2-3:15 p.m. Upper Cuyahoga
September 25, 10 a.m.-11: State Scenic River June 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
15 a.m. Indian Mill, park and meet June 23, 7-9 p.m.
in fishing access lot adjacent Portage County
Weir Rapids Fishing Access, July 14, 7-9 p.m.
meet in parking lot beside to main rapids. May 19, 5-7 p.m. Highbanks Metro Park,
main river rapid. Mantua Village Park. meet at streamside
BEST PLANT FINDS OF 2003 History botanist. Two Geauga County authorities on lichens is Ray Showman,
continued from page 3 finds included the triangle grape fern a biologist for American Electric Power.
Wayne National (Botrychium lanceolatum) and the With his input, the division lists 16
twining screwstem species of extremely rare Ohio lichens.
Forest botanist endangered swamp red currant (Ribes
Erin Larson and triste). Last year, Showman found yet another
Dumke. Since state record, the horny beard lichen
Not content to remain in northeast (Usnea subscabrosa). It often grows on
it was added
Ohio, Bissell waded into the wetlands sandstone cliff faces, which is where
to Ohio’s list in
of Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area in Showman found it in Jackson County.
1996, only a few
Ottawa County and found our rarest
sites have been Barbara Lund, a naturalist from Adams
water lily, the endangered bullhead-
found in Adams County, made an amazing discovery–
lily (Nuphar variegata). This is the
County. she found the first state record of Lea’s
first record in the western Lake Erie
In Lawrence marshes in 33 years. shadow lichen (Phaeophyscia leana)
County, Dumke in her home county. This lichen is
Back in northeast Ohio, Portage Parks’ globally rare, with only a few scattered
Brad Stemen found the endangered locales in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky
found the rare
fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) in and Tennessee.
Portage County. This is only the third
snakeroot Also in Adams County, Mark Zloba, a
Ohio county where it has been found
(Gentiana fantastic lichenologist and employee
in recent decades.
villosa). This of the Cincinnati Museum Center also
endangered, At Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve found a first state record–southern
beautiful division staff have been waging war soldiers (Cladonia didyma). This
gentian may against the invasive glossy buckthorn, ground-dwelling species bears
be overlooked which threatens to take over the red-capped fruiting bodies and is
because it blooms late–sometimes into rare twig-rush dominated wet sedge reminiscent of the common lichen
November. Another Lawrence County meadows. It was exciting when DNAP’s known as British soldiers (Cladonia
find was made by Jarel Hilton, a TNC Greg Schneider found the endangered cristatella).
botanist who found the threatened narrow-headed panic grass (Panicum
yellowish gentian (Gentiana alba). spretum) and Canada St. John’s-wort The Ohio Division of Natural Areas
(Hypericum canadense) in newly and Preserves depends heavily on the
It is especially encouraging when finds contributions of botanists from around
cleared areas. The panic grass had only
are made on privately owned land. the state to keep the Ohio Natural
been found in one small area of Lucas
More rare plants have been found on Heritage Database current. Thanks to
an Adams County prairie owned by all the botanists and naturalists who
John Howard than any other similarly- Schneider and other division staff also contributed to another successful
sized prairie in the county. Two more found the potentially threatened rock botanical year.
finds can be added from Howard’s harlequin (Corydalis sempervirens) in Jim McCormac
prairie, the threatened narrow-leaved the same area. This gorgeous relative of Botanist
pinweed (Lechea tenuifolia) and three- Dutchman’s-breeches hasn’t been seen
flowered melic (Melica nitens). in Lucas County since 1929.
Narrow-leaved pinweed was also Also in Lucas County, MetroParks of Old Woman Creek’s
spotted by Gardner and Debbie and
Gary McFadden at the Buzzard’s Roost
the Toledo Area has been innovative
in restoring and managing rare Oak
first manager retires
Preserve in Ross County. Openings ecosystems. Volunteer You could say
botanist Ruta Kurta located a new site that Old Woman
Kudos to botanists who know their
for our rarest gentian, the endangered Creek and Gene
sedges. Gardner, Boone and another
prairie gentian (Gentiana puberulenta). Wright grew
Cincinnati-area botanist, Marjie Becus,
This is only the third known site. Two up together,
found the endangered false hop sedge
other park volunteers found rarities professionally
(Carex lupuliformis) at Culberson
as well: Kim High documented the speaking at least.
Woods State Nature Preserve in Clinton
endangered old-field toadflax (Linaria
County. After more than
canadensis) and Chris Free found a
25 years, Gene
Moving north, Bob Harter found the population of the potentially threatened
Wright is leaving
showy, purple-flowered Gattinger’s Virginia meadow-beauty (Rhexia
a program he
foxglove (Agalinis gattingeri) along the virginica). All three finds occurred on
managed since its creation–Old Woman
crests of shale cliffs overlooking Alum sites where the park district has been
Creek State Nature Preserve and National
Creek Reservoir in Delaware County. restoring degraded plant communities,
Estuarine Research Reserve.
particularly by using controlled burning.
The northeastern corner of the state
After spending eight years as an
consistently produces great finds, in Often good barometers of air quality,
engineering draftsman, Wright returned
no small part because of Jim Bissell, a the status of Ohio’s lichens is important
to college to study for a career
talented Cleveland Museum of Natural to the division. One of Ohio’s leading
Islands in the Sky
Between the city of Lancaster, in Fairfield County, and the abrupt rise marking the edge of the Appalachian Plateau
southwest of the city, stands the Knobs. In the far West, these flat-topped outliers of the plateau would be called
buttes. Here in the East, they have a solid covering of trees which softens their outlines, so the early settlers called
them “knobs”– Beck’s Knob, Allen’s Knob, Claypool Knob, Ruble Knob.
The tops of the higher knobs rise found seem barely able to grow knobs, but was not able to overtop
250 feet above the surrounding fields beyond the sapling stage. The dominant them. When the ice retreated, it left
and give fine views south into the tree on top is chestnut oak (Quercus behind a thick layer of till over the
Hocking Hills and north across the montana), and even it seems to survive flatlands and lower slopes of the
lowland plain of central Ohio. To the mainly on determination. The larger knobs. It is this till which forms the
observant climber, however, there trees appear to split their strength, rich soil supporting the diverse mixe
is something even more fascinating growing two or three trunks of mesophytic forests. The unglaciated
here than the view. There is a marked mediocre size from a common point, as knob tops rising above the till offer
difference between the forest at the though they were afraid to put all their sanctuary for the dry oak forest of
base of the knobs and the one which effort into one main stem which might the south–in effect forming islands of
grows on their tops. There are few not survive. Thickets of mountain laurel Appalachian habitat in the sky.
other places in the state where the crowd around them, but the growth of
Two of Fairfield County’s knobs–Allen
contrast between two forests is so blueberry and fern on the open areas
and Ruble–are now protected within
strikingly evident. of the forest floor is noticeably thin.
Shallenberger State Nature Preserve.
The lowland forest is a rich mix of What we have here on the knob tops Trails lead through the rich woodland
various oaks, maples, beech, cherry, is an outlier of the forest association at their feet and up the 80-foot wall of
walnut, hickory, ash and elm–an found in the hills farther south. The caprock to their tops, giving fine views
association called “mixed mesophytic” Black Hand sandstone capping the of the contrasting forest communities
by foresters. Where they have not knobs creates a thin, well-drained, dry and the surrounding terrain.
been logged, the trees are of an and acidic soil. Only plants especially
Shallenberger State Nature Preserve
impressive size. In the spring, the adapted to these harsh conditions can
is located on Beck’s Knob Road, just
ground at their feet is carpeted with a survive.
north of U.S. Route 22 southwest of
luxuriant growth of wildflowers.
The base of the knobs, on the other Lancaster. The preserve is open daily,
On top of the knobs, the forest hand, felt the touch of the glaciers. from sunrise to sunset.
appears poor and straggly. Lowland Here the ice was brought to a grinding Tim Snyder
tree types are sparsely represented, halt against the Appalachian Plateau. West Central District Preserve Manager
and the few scattered individuals It sent probing fingers between the
that might allow him to help the As the federal-statae program evolved, so Wright is proud of Old Woman
environment. did Wright’s job. In the early ‘90s, Wright Creek’s recent sustainable building
was promoted to program administrator. renovations, completed in 2003.
Wright became Old Woman Creek’s During Wright’s tenure, Old Woman But Wright said it is the preserve’s
first preserve manager just as the Creek became a nationally renowned international partnership with Belize
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves estuarine research reserve facility. In that has been most personally
was establishing a new federal-state addition, Wright and his staff provided satisfying. Partnership opportunities
estuarine program there. Working guidance for more than 100 scientific have brought new friends and
with the preserve’s other first hire, Dr. and monitoring projects, and coordinated colleagues.
David Klarer who headed up research, numerous training programs about
Wright spent his first few years building wetlands and coastal management issues. “I’ve loved working with all the
bridges with local folks. different agencies and individuals
Wright described himself as a facilitator involved in the partnership–the
As preserve manager, Wright also and troubleshooter. He credits his team students, their teachers and all the
managed other sites, including Sheldon members, as well as other staff along the universities,” said Wright.
Marsh and Erie Sand Barrens. He way, for all the successes at Old Woman
helped the division acquire Augusta- Creek. Wright, who retired in January,
Anne Olsen (formerly named Vermilion) resides in Huron with his wife
State Nature Preserve. He also hired “I never did anything alone… Linda, Sandy. He is looking forward to
Linda Feix, who after volunteering, David, Gary (Obermiller), John traveling and already has plans to
transitioned into a full-time education (McFadden) and others… they are the visit Arizona and Alaska this year.
coordinator in the early 1980s. people who got the job done,” said
Open House Lottery
Saturday, June 26 • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Have you ever stepped on a floating island of sphagnum
moss? Enter the Cranberry Bog
Open House Lottery for your To enter the Open House Lottery,
chance to see one of Ohio’s please submit a post card (one
per family) to:
most unique places.
Division of Natural Areas and
Cranberry Bog State Nature Preserve
Preserves, 1889 Fountain Square
is located in Licking County, about
Court, F-1, Columbus, OH 43224.
30 miles east of Columbus. With the
exception of the annual Open House, Only postcards will be accepted and
visitation to Cranberry Bog is limited to they must be postmarked between
permit access only. Once 50 acres, the May 1-31. Cards postmarked earlier
island has eroded to less than 11 acres. or later will not be accepted. pitcher plant
Located off the north shore of Please print the following:
Buckeye Lake, the island contains Successful lottery participants will be
unusual northern bog species including Contact name notified by mail in early June. Tours
grass-pink orchid, large cranberry and Street Address will be filled in the order of the cards
pitcher plant. City, State, Zip drawn. In the event of cancellations,
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Transportation to and from the island House.
is available, courtesy of the Greater Total in your party (not to exceed
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donation of $5 per person. family members is greater) (614) 265-6453.
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