Thursday, February 14, 2013


I've always enjoyed hiking the Little Portage Wildlife Area. As I drive through the farmlands and drainage ditches to get to it, I think about how most of Ohio's wetlands have been drained and filled to make way for farms, roadways, houses and other development. Mining, fluctuating water levels and logging also impacted Ohio's wetlands. In fact, nearly 90 percent of Ohio's original wetlands have disappeared. From the 1780's to the 1980's, Ohio wetland areas declined from about 5,000,000 acres to about 483,000 acres. Here in NW Ohio, I live in the area once covered by the Great Black Swamp, which was once 120 miles in length and an average of 40 miles in width (about the size of Connecticut).

Today, only 5 percent of the original Great Black Swamp remains. With the notable exceptions of a few large tracts of marsh and swamp in Ottawa, Sandusky, Lucas, Ashtabula, Geauga and Trumbell Counties, most of Ohio's remaining wetlands are scattered wooded tracts. That's why is it so important that you support the effort to preserve existing and create new wetlands. Enjoy the video!

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