For two years now 221 acres at the corner of Nelson Road and Center Road near Wilmington has been set aside as the “Todd’s Fork Nature Preserve.” As part of the restoration of this property, over 300 potted trees will be planted on 30 acres on Saturday, Nov. 16 to restore lost woodland habitat with native tree species.
Adding to this preserved woodland is a maternal colony of Indiana bats on-site – this increases the possibility that this iconic endangered species will survive. The bats “find homes in loose bark and tree cavities in full sun so they can conserve energy by keeping themselves and their young warm.”
The sponsoring organization for this undertaking is the Cardinal Land Conservancy which works in seven southwest Ohio counties to preserve land – Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties.
In late 2018 Cardinal had preserved nearly 5,000 acres in the seven-county area including six nature preserves. Over a dozen new projects are underway. This means that farm land can be preserved forever and the land can continue to be farmed. For more information lookup Cardinal Land Conservancy on the internet.
If you wish to help plant the 300 trees on Saturday, Nov. 16, feel free to drop in, come back … whatever is best for you. Bring a shovel and gloves, and be prepared for the weather — the group will be there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.