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Vol. 26, No. 2 Spring 2004 NEW PROGRAMMING SERIES TNC LENDS PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT 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.” Rick Gardner 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. 2 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. Marleen Kromer 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 years. 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 3 Preserve Spotlight 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 forces–forces which shaped the landscape of today and left behind a variety of interesting plants, birds and habitats. Located in Johnson Township in Champaign 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 4 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. Conkle’s Hollow 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 (740) 420-3445. 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 study area. 5 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 and Gardner Brad Stemen found the endangered locales in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky found the rare fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) in and Tennessee. Sampson’s 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 County. 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 6 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 Wright. 7 Cranberry Bog 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, Daytime phone number walk-ins will be accepted at the Open Transportation to and from the island House. is available, courtesy of the Greater Total in your party (not to exceed Buckeye Lake Historical Society, for a 4 unless the number of immediate For more information, please contact donation of $5 per person. family members is greater) (614) 265-6453. 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