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Preservation will provide habitat for threatened and endangered species, as well as a variety of native plant and wildlife habitats. With over two miles of headwater streams, the protection of this site has positive benefits for water quality downstream.
More than 76 acres in northern Summit County have been protected from future industrial or retail development. Known as the Twinsburg Heights Preserve property, it is located in Twinsburg Township and the City of Twinsburg.
The Preserve features rock outcroppings, steep slopes, and ledges and is located within miles of Liberty Park. Bat surveys conducted between 2003 and 2015 identified the federally threatened northern long-eared and the Indiana bat in Liberty Park.
The Preserve property provides suitable habitat for threatened and endangered species, and the preservation of the property supports a variety of native plant and wildlife habitats. The site has water quality implications as well, considering there are over two miles of headwater streams on the Preserve.
West Creek purchased the property with grant funding through the Clean Ohio Green Space Program, administered by Ohio Public Works Commission, and the H2Ohio Program, administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The H2Ohio Program is a water quality initiative working to address serious water issues.
The H2Ohio Program has also funded the restoration of portions of the Preserve. The Clean Ohio Program is dedicated to environmental conservation including the acquisition of green space and the protection and enhancement of river and stream corridors.
Expected Outcomes and Benefits
Protecting this land will provide access to green space for the adjacent community that historically lacks access in part due to previous redlining. 76 acres will remain preserved for use as a park, public forest, or other natural areas.
Portions of the Preserve will be restored to more natural and ecologically healthy conditions. Preservation of the stream headwaters located on this property will also have positive benefits on water quality downstream.
A portion of the property where homes are and were previously, will again be used for residential purposes.