Ohio's nature buffs have been waiting 20 years for this day: Daughmer Bur Oak Prairie Savannah State Nature Preserve was dedicated yesterday.
Daughmer is significant, not only for Ohio; it also has a reputation for being the best Oak Prairie Savannah nationally. And Bur Oak Savannahs are a globally rare habitat- globally rare. It has been the culmination of many years work to protect and preserve this little 40 acre plot of what was once 200,000 acres of prairie.
This sign was placed years ago, marking the importance of this tract of land- even when it was still being used as a sheep pasture. Oak savannahs are created by islands of higher-drier soils being surrounded by heavy wet clay soils. In Ohio over 99 percent of the prairie have been plowed and used for agriculture. This is a very rare plot that has never been tilled.
Note the beautiful native stand of Indian grass, Sorghastrum nutans directly behind them.
John Mack, of Cleveland Metro-parks has studied this significant site for many years. He lent his expertise to the field trips, and spoke to us about the unique hydrology.
The prairie tours pass beneath the towering oaks.
Prairie Dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum a species that is reappearing since sheep no longer graze here.
|Winged loosestrife, Lythrum alatum|
Join the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association and help them protect this prairie, or one of the many other significant natural areas in Ohio. We need your help as we volunteer in the preserves. Click on that link and join today!