Western Reserve Land Conservancy Carbon Program - Whittlesey Beach Ridge Forest

Project Profile

Project Location

Mentor, OH

Project Operator

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

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Project Contact

Sarah Blakely sblakely@wrlandconservancy.org

Western Reserve Land Conservancy (the Land Conservancy) is protecting the 91-acre Whittlesey Beach Ridge Forest in Mentor, OH. The Project includes rare, old-growth forest which is located in an area with increasing development pressure. The Project is part of a historic country estate that has been owned by one family for 92 years. Preservation of the site is critical to protect an extremely unique forest in an urbanized environment. Many of the trees on the site are of great size, including three which have been identified as among the top five largest of their species in the state of Ohio.

In addition, the Land Conservancy will operate this site as one of its Signature Parks, allowing public access to over 1.5 miles of walking trails. Upon completion of acquisition, the Land Conservancy will undergo a park planning process with the goal of opening the Project to public access a few years later. Public access will allow pedestrian use for nature enjoyment, nature study, bird watching and other compatible uses not detrimental to the high-quality habitat. The location of this Project in the City of Mentor, and its high density of residential occupants, will provide perpetual public access and human health benefits to the surrounding community.

This is the third project in Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Carbon Program. Western Reserve Land Conservancy, an accredited land trust, is Ohio’s largest land trust with over 60,000 acres conserved across 24 Ohio counties. The Land Conservancy preserves natural resources that provide multiple environmental benefits and improve the quality of life for residents of Northeast Ohio. Carbon credits are an excellent extension of the Land Conservancy’s mission, furthering conservation goals that will benefit communities, increase valuable open space acreage, and preserve critical wildlife habitat.

Other projects include Bainbridge Forest and Sandy Cross Forest.

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