Thursday, June 28, 2012

More Mohican

After a good bit of travel I have come to realize, Mohican's beauty and diversity ranks with any place across the nation.  Some days I despair that much of my work is endless.  Trying to save a forest and park "from" the very folks we thought were invested in protecting them... it is the very definition of insanity.

The light on the Clear Fork river plays through the Hemlock trees, an Ohio Scenic River and a keystone species; Mohican's eco-system crumbles without them.

Canada Yew, Taxus canadensis is indicative of northern forests. Here is a thriving stand in Mohican, on the most popular trail- The Big Lyons Falls. Amazing, for mid-Ohio.

Flowering (or Fragrant) Raspberry, Rubus odoratus with bumblebee,  another plant species that says "north woods."  This is easily the most beautiful of the Rubus family, and commonly found in the deep shade of the sandstone and Hemlock trees of Mohican.

 A juvenile Bald Eagle posed for us.  It was a mega teaching oportunity.  Ben Warner got the bird in his spotting scope and we encouraged passer-bys to look at the majestic bird.  This youngster in transitional plumage created quite a stir with novices. They couldn't believe that was a "real" eagle!

Toeing the line...
As we left the forest, a very young fox kit was working the road edge.  One might have thought it was play, until a chipmunk with very poor timing chose to cross the road.  Immediately this kit pounced toward the prey, with no luck.  Hopefully he will get the next one and live long enough to have kits of his own.

Each time I return to Mohican, something amazing happens.  And it is all free to those willing to take the time to open their eyes to nature and welcome the wonders of the world into their heart.

If you are interested in protecting our state forest, please go to and watch the video on Mohican or Malabar Farm.  You figure out what you need to do next.


  1. One of the biggest threats to the hemlock gorge at Mohicanis going to be the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Is there a plan in the works to save the hemlocks? HWA is alive and well in southeastern PA. I think it might be all over the state. I heard it's been found in eastern Ohio.

  2. Jan-
    Richland County Park District is at least aware, if not way ahead of the curve. We hosted Ohio's first hemlock woolly adelgid info-session about 2 years ago:

    Out of that conference came the joint effort by Ohio Division of Forestry and OSU to make informational calling cards so people will recognize the pest- if it does appear here.
    I also met up with a biologist in West Virginia who is fighting them there. It is (past) time I get that post written!

  3. I hope there is some way they can stop it. We can't lose the hemlocks. So many different kinds of trees seem to be under siege.

  4. I hope there is some way they can stop it. We can't lose the hemlocks. So many different kinds of trees seem to be under siege.