Cleveland Museum of Natural History is restoring native lake plain wetland habitat on 160 acres of land slated to be acquired and added to the Museum’s existing Geneva Swamp Preserve. The project is building on the Museum’s 2011 Sustain Our Great Lakes grant, which restored native habitat on the existing 374-acre Geneva Swamp Preserve. The new project is helping protect this core area and is improving habitat on the additional acreage by controlling invasive species such as glossy buckthorn, reed canary grass, common reed (Phragmites), and garlic mustard. Control techniques include herbicide application, mechanical removal, and prescribed burning. Native vegetation is being planted to replace the invasive vegetation. Through this work, the project is improving the largest remaining swamp forest on the eastern Lake Erie Lake Plain and enhance habitat for breeding amphibians, spotted turtles, and several other rare plant and animal species.
Geneva Swamp on the Lake Erie Lake Plain, in the northeastern corner of Ohio