At 393 acres, Forrest Woods Nature Preserve is Black Swamp Conservancy’s largest owned nature preserve. One of the finest remnants of the historic Great Black Swamp, this site is home to 41 rare, threatened and endangered species of plants and animals. Our team has completed several stream and wetland restoration projects at Forrest Woods since 2016, re-creating 145 acres of natural habitat and returning nearly a mile of agricultural ditches back to functioning streams. Forder’s Bridge is also an official public access point for the Maumee River Water Trail. This Chronolog looks out on a wetland restoration that was completed in 2021, and will document its development.
The Black Swamp Conservancy was founded in 1993 by a group of people alarmed by the rapidly accelerating rate of development in rural northwest Ohio. These concerned citizens recognized the need to protect and enhance the best remaining natural and agricultural areas in this region and to promote responsible stewardship of the land.