Our Property is a "Zenvironment"
And the Story behind it
Our 20-acres of property consist of woodland and open prairie habitats on two separate lots.
The woodland property was our first lot and where we built our home. When we purchased it, we didn't realize it was within a globally rare ecosystem called the Oak Openings. When we learned later it needed support in order to remain viable and contribute to a healthy environment, we embarked on a restoration project.
The woodland property includes a dry oak - blueberry forest and a wet buttonbush swamp. They exist side-by-side on our 8-acre lot, yet each one is home to very different plant and animal species. Reestoration efforts have created the right settings for native plants and animals to return.
We purchased the prairie property simply to restore and preserve it. It is old farmland near a creek that has also served as an all-terrain vehicle track and hunting ground. When we purchased the 12-acre lot, it had been sitting vacant for some time. While many good prairie species have come back on their own there are also many invasives species which require constant restoration.
The prairie property has both wet prairie and dry dune areas just feet apart. The contrast between the two is very distinct and each support very different plant and animal communities.
We have at least 9 Ohio state listed or rare species and habitats between the two properties.
Learn more about each property by clicking the links above.
Providing a Home for Disappearing Species
Everyone Can Make a Difference
What began as a cool project to restore our property back to its native state has opened our eyes to other environmental benefits. Many rare plant species have re-established as a result of our efforts.
In addition, we have seen many different animal species benefit from our efforts. A very disturbing statistic is on average, animal populations have declined approximately 70% in the last 50 years. Habitat loss from urban development, deforestation, and various other human activity is the major reason.
We like to think that animal species on our property have increased by 70% because they have a place to live and thrive. We have allowed their native habitats to stay intact.
You don't have to restore 20 acres to make a difference. Native plants in urban settings can provide a place for animal species to live and reproduce. Everyone can make a difference!
Redheaded woodpeckers are in steep decline nationally, but thrive on our property.
Our Thriving Species