Western Reserve Land Conservancy Carbon Program - Black Fork Forest

Project Profile

Project Location

Richland County, 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 169-acre Black Fork Forest in Richland County, OH. Located along a major interstate, the Project provides an important buffer for wetlands that drain to the region’s main water source, Charles Mill Lake. The site contains high-quality forest with a diverse assemblage of 80+ year old trees including hickory, sugar maple, American beech, black cherry, American elm, and several species of oaks. Preservation of the forest will benefit wildlife habitat, improve air and water quality, and provide carbon sequestration. The Project provides important breeding, nesting, and foraging habitat for neotropical migrating birds as well as native Ohio birds that depend on the habitat year-round.

Richland County has had a high rate of conversion of forests to agricultural use and urban expansion. Protection of remaining intact forests, such as Black Fork Forest, is critical to retain the region’s natural heritage. The protection of Black Fork Forest will add to a nearly 4,120-acre corridor of protected green space including lands owned by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Ashland County Park District, and Ashland University. The Land Conservancy also plans to complete restoration of adjacent former agricultural fields and enhance existing wetlands to further benefit the resources of the area.

This is the fourth 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.

Please visit the Bainbridge Forest, Sandy Cross, and Whittlesey Beach pages for information on other Western Reserve Land Conservancy projects.

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