Lisbon, Ohio — More land along one of Ohio’s most beautiful rivers will now be protected.
The Ohio DNR (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP) Scenic Rivers Program has purchased 73 more acres of land along Little Beaver Creek, a state wild and scenic and national scenic river.
“Our state’s scenic rivers are not only beautiful, but they are critical to wildlife habitat and provide exceptional recreation,” Gov. Mike DeWine said. “We are doing everything we can to protect these precious waterways so future generations can enjoy them.”
The new property protects approximately a half mile of forest corridor along Little Beaver Creek and more than a quarter mile of a perennial headwater stream. While surveying the
property, DNAP biologists recently discovered a population of the
state-endangered running buffalo clover (Trifolium stoloniferum).
This sighting is the northernmost population ever recorded in Ohio. The
property is also ecologically important as it protects a high-quality
tributary headwater stream that contains several salamander species, a
series of small waterfalls, groundwater seeps, and springs.
“Ohio’s state scenic rivers are special places that deserve the utmost
protection,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “We are working each and
every day to take care of the rivers and the lands around them to keep
water clean, help wildlife succeed, and give people a place to soak in
all that beautiful scenery.”
Currently, this property has limited access but can be reached from Little Beaver Creek by
people willing to float into the site. For those who are willing to
work to access the site, fishing, hiking, wildlife observation, and
photography are all permitted activities on the site.
The new acquisition brings the total amount of protected land along Little Beaver
Creek through DNAP’s Sheepskin Hollow Preserve, scenic river lands, and
conservation easements to more than 3,300 acres with an additional 3,800
acres protected through Beaver Creek State Park and Beaver Creek State