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Edge of Appalachia Preserve

Edge of the Appalachia The Edge of the Appalachia Preserve is one of the most biologically diverse collections of natural systems in the midwestern U.S. The Adams county preserve, located near West Union Ohio, has ohio hiking trails in the Lynx Prairie hiking trail, Buzzardroost Rock Buzzards Roost Rock Map hiking trail, the Wilderness Preserve hiking trail, Chaparral Prairie hiking trail, Whipple State Nature Preserve hiking trail, Davis State Nature Preserve hiking trail and the Johnson Preserve trail. A short drive North gives you the Serpent Mound State Memorial. There you can hike a beautiful trail around the Serpent and also hike another beautiful trail on down the hill.


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Hours:
Open year-round, dawn to dusk.

Conditions:
Lynx Prairie, Buzzardroost Rock and the Wilderness Preserve are open to the public for activities such as birdwatching, photography, and hiking. All visitors should use extraordinary care to protect natural features, plant and animal life.

The Buzzardroost Trail passes through a number of plant communities and provides the opportunity to see the region's diverse geologic history. The hike is moderate, with a round trip distance of three miles.

The Wilderness Trail could be difficult to follow and strenuous for some. You should stay on the marked trail to protect the rare plant communities.


It is a nationally recognized preserve complex encompassing 13,000 acres of rugged woodland, prairie openings, waterfalls, giant promontories and clear streams. The area was originally studied by the eminent ecologist E. Lucy Braun in the late 1920s. She noted the significance of the remnant "prairie" communities persisting along cliff edges, narrow ridges, and forest openings on various calcareous substrates, particularly the Cedarville (Peebles) dolomite. The underlying bedrock is the key environmental factor related to the distribution of the plant communities.

Located within the Edge of Appalachia is the Wilderness Preserve. This preserve contains a matrix of Appalachian communities from Appalachian Cove Forests to the globally rare Northern White-cedar Bluffs and remnant prairie communities that persist along cliff edges, narrow ridges, and forest openings on unglaciated Cedarville dolomite. This matrix is characteristic of the diversity of Adams County which was influenced, but not flattened, by the glacial movements in Ohio thousands of years ago, making it one of Ohio's best "biodiversity hotspots."

What to See: Amphibians and Reptiles:
Green salamander, Timber rattlesnake, Eastern hognose snake, Rough green snake, Eastern box turtle, Eastern earth snake, Red-spotted newt
What to See: Birds
Northern saw-whet owl, Sharp-shinned hawk, Henslow's sparrow, Red-shouldered hawk, Chuck-will's-widow, Black vulture, Barn owl, Cerulean warbler, Turkey vulture
What to See: Mussels:
Ridged pocketbook, Purple wartyback, Unexpected cycnia, Snuffbox, Yellow sandshell, Black sandshell, Washboard, Clubshell, Round pigtoe, Rabbitsfoot, Wartyback, Salamander mussel, Fawnsfoot, Deertoe, Three-horned wartyback
What to See: Mammals, Fish & Insects:
Dragonflies, Allegheny Woodrat, Tiger spiketail, Hellbender, River otter, Indiana bat, Rafinesque's Big-eared bat, Paddlefish, Pipevine swallowtail butterfly, Zebra swallowtail butterfly, Tiger swallowtail butterfly
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site:


Two immediate threats to the area are the natural invasion of the prairie openings by woody species, and logging practices that are not environmentally sensitive in the forests surrounding the preserve. If left unmanaged, trees will invade the prairies, thereby eliminating this unique community and its associated rare species. Other threats include illegal off-road vehicle useage and poaching of plants and animals.


Subdivision of adjacent properties and unsustainable forestry practices threaten to further reduce the size of intact forest and remnant prairie communities outside the preserve. Unauthorized use of the preserve by off-road vehicles disturbs the habitat and creates favorable conditions for the establishment of non-native weedy plants which can eventually displace native vegetation.

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing:

The Nature Conservancy and Cincinnati Museum Center own and manage eleven contiguous preserves lying along a 12-mile stretch of Ohio Brush Creek. The history of this partnership dates back to 1959 when the Conservancy's Ohio Chapter made its first land purchase near the town of Lynx. Today, the preserve provides critical habitat for more than 100 rare species. Three areas, Lynx Prairie, Buzzardroost Rock, and The Wilderness Preserve, are registered National Natural Landmarks. Land acquisition will focus on consolidating land holdings and linking critical areas within the preserve system. Land management includes restoration of glade communities and prairie openings and addressing timber management issues as they relate to local economic development and neo-tropical migrant birds. The Conservancy will continue to build partnerships with the local community, and public and private entities to develop innovative approaches to compatible economic development.

In Adams County, a team of thirteen AmeriCorps NCCC trained Wildland Firefighters joined forces with The Nature Conservancy for a period of 8 weeks on projects including prescribed fire support, dump site clean-ups, and invasive species removal.


Young scientists are gaining knowledge and skills at the Edge Preserve's Science Camp, which takes place every summer. Pre-teens and teens have the opportunity to assist scientists in the research process.

Location:

Adams County Preserve, within the Interior Low Plateau Ecoregion






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