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The Laskey Family Nature Preserve

Henry County, OH

The Laskey Family Nature Preserve


Through the Clean Ohio grant program and The Black Swamp Conservancy, the HWSA has purchased of 99.13 acres of land in Washington Township, Henry County. 
 

The property is located at Co. Rd. 2B and Rt. 424. The land currently consists of a 48-acre wooded parcel between Rt. 424 and the Maumee River. The remaining parcel on the north side of Rt. 424 consists of a 51-acre mix of woods and farm ground. 

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Photography by Steve Thompson

The HWSA’s general plan for this property includes installation of a large wetland, planting of windbreaks, food plots and cover fields, clearing trails for hiking and planting pollinator plots. 

The property will be used for recreation, education, demonstration of conservation practices and general public use of the trails. 
 

As a history of the property states, the “Old Indian Treaty Boundary Line” once ran through this fertile piece of ground. Beginning in the 1800s, the land was owned and cared for by the Laskey family. The Laskeys are descendants of the Honorable George Laskey, who came to this country from England in 1833 and became a prominent Pioneer Citizen of the Maumee Valley. His wife, Ann Janette, was the daughter of the local pioneer family, the Howards. Four generations of their heirs have protected this bottomland and hickory grove, eventually agreeing to partner with the Henry-Wood Sportsmans Association to assure the land’s natural preservation. 
 

The acreage provides an important habitat for a long list of native species of both flora and fauna. The Laskeys’ deep respect for the environment, and their dedication to both education and community service, led them to enable the conservation of this land so that it can be enjoyed and accessed by all. 
 

The HWSA and the Laskey Family share the goals of enhancing this property for wildlife, creating a filter for a cleaner environment, and providing permanent public access to this portion of the Maumee River bottomland, which is a great local treasure. 

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The Howard F. Sautter Preserve

Wood County, OH

The Howard F. Sautter Nature Preserve

 

The Howard F. Sautter Nature Preserve is located in Weston Township, Wood County, Ohio. It consists of 5.5 acres of land abutting Beaver Creek. The purpose of this preserve is to keep that land in its natural state, with no development. The property was acquired by donation from Sherley Sautter in 2015 and we are proud to hold this property.