Protecting Critical Habitat at Kelley’s Island Preserve
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Kelley’s Island, Erie County, OH

The Chagrin River Land Conservancy and partners protected 112 acres of globally imperiled and rare habitat on Kelleys Island in Ohio through fee simple acquisition of 59 acres and conservation easement donations on an additional 53 acres.  The acquired tract contains a globally imperiled Great Lakes alvar community found to provide habitat for at least 12 Ohio state-listed rare species.  The other parcels were protected through conservation easements and  provide important stopover habitat for migratory birds and habitat for other rare wildlife.  All the parcels protected are adjacent to other protected lands, including the 667-acre Kelley’s Island State Park.  This project helped create an 825-acre interconnected system of protected land that would comprise one-third of the entire area of the island.

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