Kent Bog, located on 1028 Meloy Road in Kent, is a living relict from the Ice Age. In glacial times, the boreal forest, including tamarack, dominated the landscape far south of northern Ohio. Today, however, Kent Bog supports the largest, southernmost stand of tamarack in the continental United States. There are over 3,500 tamaracks in the population with many robust seedlings growing among the larger trees. Here, too, is a fine population of gray birch, also a tree of more northern distribution. Gray Birch and tamarack are both potentially threatened species in Ohio.
On Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. volunteers will be removing invasive glossy buckthorn using a combination of cutting and treating the cut stems with herbicide, as well as hand pulling seedlings (which are numerous). Trained staff from the Natural Areas Program and ONAPA volunteers will conduct the herbicide application. Project details, driving directions and registration can be found at www.onapa.org
State nature preserves like Springville Marsh are legally dedicated natural areas of state and/or national significance, established primarily for educational and scientific purposes to protect and preserve rare and endangered species as well as exceptionally rare ecosystems. Public visitation is encouraged, but in a few of the most ecologically fragile preserves, visitation is controlled to protect the ecological integrity of the preserve so that these preserves may be passed on unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations of Ohio families.
ONAPA, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, was established in 2012 to provide support in managing our state nature preserves as well as other natural areas around Ohio. In 2009, additional severe budget cuts to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) resulted in the dismantling of the Division of Natural Areas & Preserves (DNAP), stewards of the preserves, and embedding the DNAP Program and management of our nature preserves in the already financially beleaguered Division of Parks & Recreation. As a result, several retired DNAP administrators’ spearheaded efforts to establish ONAPA to provide additional volunteer resources, expertise, and a public voice for managing and protecting the 136 state nature preserves and natural areas that were acquired for, and belong to, all Ohioans, present and future.
Since its formation, ONAPA has been very successful in assisting DNAP. ONAPA provides opportunities for citizen volunteers to participate in on-site preserve stewardship projects, preserve monitoring efforts, and provides natural history training workshops and field trips for its members. Visit www.onapa.org to learn more about ONAPA, for stewardship project information and how to sign up as a volunteer for this project.
To register to volunteer for this project visit www.onapa.org. For further inquiries, please contact ONAPA at Info@onapa.org.