Black Swamp Conservancy Wins
Great Lakes Grant
Sustain Our Great Lakes, a public-private partnership between ArcelorMittal and several federal environmental agencies, announced $12 million in grants for Great Lakes restoration. The goals of the program include restoring wetland areas, restoring fish passage, and controlling invasive species. This round of grants will fund 31 projects in several U.S. states and the province of Ontario.
In northwest Ohio, TMACOG member the Black Swamp Conservancy was awarded a $95,000 grant to increase sinuosity along 1,300 stream feet, install in-stream structures and restore 52 acres of wetland and forest habitat. The grant is one of a series that the conservancy has applied for to restore portions of the Forrest Woods Nature Preserve in Paulding County.
Forrest Woods is one of the largest remaining segments of the Great Black Swamp and is the largest owned nature preserve in the Black Swamp Conservancy’s portfolio. “It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous piece of woods,” said Executive Director Rob Krain.
The grant will advance work related to the Marie DeLarme Creek which is a tributary of the Maumee River. The work will reconnect the secondary stream channel to its natural floodplain and recreate vernal pools. Krain said that the plan is to restore a portion of the property that has been active farmland. With the restoration complete, “the goal is to mimic the look and function of the old growth woods that are still standing,” said Krain. Reducing agricultural runoff is one strategy that reduces that amount of phosphorus reaching Lake Erie.
The improved habitat will support the long list of rare and endangered plants and animals that have been inventoried on the property, including the Four-toed Salamander, Raven-foot Sedge, and the parasitic plant the Cuspidate Dodder.