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Sunday, October 18, 2015: Salamander Run Preserve

2015/09/08

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Field Trip, Sunday, October 18, 2015: Salamander Run Preserve

Salamander Run Preserve, located in Morgan Township, is an excellent example of the superb conservation results that are possible through cooperative efforts of concerned organizations and individuals. In 2011, Three Valley Conservation Trust was selected as a subcontractor by the Fernald Trustees to develop conservation easements on eligible lands in the Paddy’s Run drainage. Ohio EPA acts as the project manager with collaboration from US Fish and Wildlife and US Dept. of Energy. The Preserve, which contains the headwaters of Paddy’s Run Creek, consists of 125 acres, 93 of which are forested. Conservation efforts will protect the land from incompatible surface development, protect streams and buried aquifers from excessive surface runoff, and further mitigate damage associated with the Fernald processing facility. Butler MetroParks has also partnered in the project, and is expected to take ownership and management of Salamander Run in the near future. Our leaders for this outing will be Steve Gordon and Eric Hollins, Three Valley contractors who have spearheaded the preservation and enhancement of this important property. We will have an informative tour of the property and opportunities to view the Preserve’s diverse flora and fauna. Our guides will also be able to give us a look at the progress of site restoration, including 21 acres of newly-established prairie. The trip will leave at 8:00 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

For instructions on meeting a trip at the trip site, or information on last-minute changes, consult the site or send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at jmichael@amvohio.org.

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