Project LocationMansfield, OH
Project OperatorWestern Reserve Land Conservancy
Project ContactAlex Czayka firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sandy Cross Forest Preservation Project (“the Project”) is a 132-acre Project Area on a 214-acre property in the Mansfield metro area. Western Reserve Land Conservancy (“the Land Conservancy”) is seeking to preserve the Project, creating substantial conservation and community benefits including carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, and open space protection.
Preservation of the Project is important as intact forests of this size are becoming increasingly rare in Richland County due to agricultural development and urban expansion. Indeed, surrounding forested land is being rapidly converted into agricultural land and is facing a continued threat of urban expansion from the adjacent Village of Lexington.
The Project contains a diverse, 85-year forest including American beech, sugar maple, red oak, white oak, and tulip poplar. Preservation of this forest will offer the residents of Northeast Ohio a wide variety of community and conservation benefits, including:
- Improve equitable access to greenspace for underserved communities
- Increase valuable open space
- Human health and well-being
- Critical bird and wildlife habitat
This is the second project in the Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s carbon program. The Land Conservancy’s effort to protect the Project fits into a larger, strategic, county-wide comprehensive plan involving the Richland County Parks District, and other conservation entities.
Please visit the Bainbridge Forest page for information on other Western Reserve Land Conservancy projects.
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