Update #9 ·

ARC & PARTNERS RESTORE FOUR CRITICAL AMPHIBIAN BREEDING WETLANDS

… and Train Others to Restore Even More

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy is excited to announce the creation of FOUR ephemeral wetlands in southern Ohio October 10-11. ARC is proud to accomplish this restoration with our partners: The Unversaw and Cracchiolo Farm, The Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Association of State Wetland Managers, and the Sheltowee Environmental Education Coalition.

RESTORING HABITATS AND POPULATIONS

Over the past couple of centuries, an estimated 90% of Ohio’s wetlands have been lost, along with many amphibian and reptile populations.

Located in the fertile Ohio River valley east of Cincinnati, Brown County is no exception as the land was cleared and dramatically altered for centuries of high-intensity agriculture. But local landowners and conservation heroes Alleyn Unversaw and Frank Cracchiolo have a vision. They are restoring wetlands on former farmland near Mt. Orab and turning it into a wildlife mecca. And through ARC, you’re helping their dream become a reality.

These four ephemeral wetlands will shore up remnant populations of locally rare species such as Blue-spotted Salamander, Eastern Spadefoot, Eastern Cricket Frog and Wood Frog, as well as many more resilient, common species.

TRAINING OTHERS = EVEN MORE WETLANDS RESTORATION

The benefits to amphibian populations don’t end here. In fact, it’s just the beginning. This multi-wetland project will also serve as a training workshop for other landowners and habitat managers. More and more wetlands will be restored, multiplying the benefits for additional amphibian populations.

If you are interested in attending this exciting two-day workshop, contact me for a full registration announcement. Remember, time and space are limited so don’t delay.

THANKS TO YOU

There is still much work to be done. This is only the first of many restoration projects ARC will launch in the coming months and years. Your donations are making them happen. So give yourself a pat on the back while we head off to Ohio to join our partners. We’ll send you lots of pictures.

Thank you,
Jeff Holmes
Executive Director
Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy

PS: You can support this and many future restoration projects at http://amphibianandreptileconservancy.org/donate

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