Brinkhaven Oak Barrens
Using grants from the Clean Ohio Program and private donations, we were fortunate to purchase a property in Holmes County which we call the Brinkhaven Oak Barrens.
This unique property, identified as a site for native Ohio prairie plants, is being managed by scientists, environmentalists and teachers in our area who are interested in maintaining and developing this site as a unique location for rare plants.
This property borders the route of the Holmes County Rails to Trails project. Our vision is to have this prairie land restored for access to the public through this trail.
Also, using Clean Ohio Funds and private donations, we acquired additional acreage for the Wooster Memorial Park, which now exists as one of the largest wooded tracts in Ohio (open to the public). With the help of Friends of Wooster Memorial Park (http://friendsofwmp.com/) and the City of Wooster Parks and Recreation Department, this park has been developed with extensive walking trails and has been preserved by a conservation easement held by our Land Trust. This property enhances the habitat and protection of native species and protects the headwater streams feeding Wooster’s water supply.
We own 22 acres of wetlands bordering the Killbuck Creek near Killbuck, Ohio in Holmes County. This property also borders the Holmes County Rails to Trails project. This wetland area is home to many native species in that watershed, including Sandhill Cranes. Protection of the Killbuck Creek watershed will continue to be an important project for Holmes County and our organization.