Erie Preserve Nears Completion
Environmental News Network
The Trust for Public Land and Erie MetroParks announced
today the addition of a significant 14-acre property to
the new East Sandusky Bay Preserve MetroPark along the
Lake Erie shoreline. The land will become part of an extraordinary
naturally functioning freshwater marsh near Cedar Point
Amusement Park that will eventually consist of 1200-acres
of protected natural land. Located between Cleveland and
Toledo, East Sandusky Bay is an important stop over point
along one of the largest bird migratory routes in the
This past Fall, The Trust for Public Land transferred
two properties totaling 1,029 acres to become part of
the larger nature preserve. Erie MetroParks will manage
the Preserve, part of which is known as the Community
Foundation Preserve at Eagle Point, in recognition of
the foundation's generous support and leadership. The
Nature Conservancy also played a role by making available
the 956-acre Putnam Marsh, which it protected in the early
1990s, for inclusion into the preserve. These new 14 acres
are surrounded by already protected land on three sides
and are adjacent to Plum Brook which flows into the bay.
The Trust for Public Land is working with another private
landowner to add a fourth and final property to the preserve
later this Spring.
Funding for the preserve has come from Federal, State,
and private sources including the Clean Ohio Conservation
Fund and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. U.S.
Senator Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) and U.S. Representative Marcy
Kaptur (D-Ohio) secured $2.5 million in federal funds
from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's
Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, and have
been strong supporters of this conservation effort.
The new East Sandusky Bay Preserve MetroPark is one of
several key protected natural areas along the Lake Erie
Shoreline including the Ottawa International Wildlife
Refuge and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.
Under the management of Erie MetroParks, the area will
be available for scheduled recreational, educational,
and interpretive programming opportunities such as bird
watching and observation of the American Bald Eagle; waterfowl,
wildlife, and wildflower identification; and wetland,
forest, and meadow ecology.
The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to
enjoy as parks, gardens and other natural places, ensuring
livable communities for generations to come. Founded in
1972, the Trust for Public Land has helped protect more
than 1.4 million acres across the nation. In 2001, The
Trust for Public Land helped protect the nearby 1,300-acre
Edison Woods Preserve, which is the largest single conservation
project in northern Ohio in decades. For more information,
visit the Trust for Public Land on the web at www.tpl.org.