eagle habitat on East Sandusky Bay purchased as beginning
of nature preserve Molly Kavanaugh
Ohio Plain Dealer
- The Erie County MetroParks and other conservationists
want to create a 1,200-acre nature preserve on East Sandusky
Bay. Yesterday, they got started by purchasing 73 acres
that is home to nesting eagles and other wildlife.
"Today is substantive
and highly symbolic. It really can happen," said Wolfe
Tone, who is overseeing the project for the Trust for
The Trust bought
the property, the first of five parcels needed for the
preserve, from the Weiland and Bogert families. Erie MetroParks
will manage the property, named the Community Foundation
Preserve at Eagle Point. Within the coming year, the trust
will transfer ownership to the MetroParks.
will be displayed by midsummer, and visitors will have
access to trails and naturalist programs. Public meetings
will be held so residents can comment on how to develop
"We are just
extremely pleased that we were selected to be the stewards
of this amazing resource, " said Jonathan Granville, director
of the MetroParks.
grew up on the property with her parents and grandparents.
The older relatives hunted and trapped while the children
headed out to the bay to canoe. For her sixth-grade science
project, Austin chose eagles and had only to walk through
her back yard for photographs.
woman said that as a child, she often yearned to live
in a traditional neighborhood. Now she lives outside New
York City and treasures her childhood even more.
"You can't imagine
70 acres of untouched land in New Jersey," she said.
The Trust spent
$1.2 million on yesterday's purchase and estimates it
will spend $4 million more to complete the preserve. The
Sandusky/Erie County Community Foundation has pledged
$235,000, and U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine is lobbying for $2
who owns about 200 acres, began advocating a public preserve
a couple of years ago. His neighbors agreed that the land,
right across the bay from Cedar Point, should remain natural.
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