With a mile and a half of frontage along the Little Auglaize River, and home to many sensitive species, the 226-acre Little Auglaize Wildlife Reserve is a rare find. The Paulding County property, recently acquired by Black Swamp Conservancy, is one of a few remaining large tracts of unprotected natural habitat in northwest Ohio.
The property’s acquisition was funded by the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Fund and The Conservation Fund’s Ohio Forested Habitat Fund. The Conservancy plans to remove invasive species, enhance forested habitat cover and create public access areas on the property and riverfront.
The land was farmed 30 years ago, but in the 1990s, the landowner began restoration of the wetlands and native plant communities on the property, which is near Cloverdale. The Reserve has been designated a sensitive species area where pheasants, chorus frogs, painted turtles, river otters and Indiana bats (a federally endangered species) have been found. In addition, 48 species of birds have been found, many of which are on the Ohio Special Interest, Priority Species (Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region) and Ohio and Federal Threatened lists.
The Reserve’s southern border is near the intersection of the North Country National Scenic Trail of the National Park Service, and the 1,444-mile Buckeye Trail (which circles the state of Ohio).
The lands are being conserved, in part, by funding and technical assistance made available as mitigation for habitat impacts anticipated to arise through construction of Texas Eastern Transmission, LP’s Access South, Adair Southwest and Lebanon Extension Projects and the Nexus Pipeline Project, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Conservation Fund.