What is a nature preserve?
Cardinal nature preserves are selected for a variety of reasons including; plant and animal diversity, proximity to rivers, lakes, and stressed watersheds, and ease of access. These preserves are owned by Cardinal and managed by our Stewardship staff and dedicated volunteers. Purchasing nature preserves is one way Cardinal protects waterways, biological diversity and places for people to connect with nature.
Cardinal holds the title to 8 nature preserves.
Some of our preserves have been acquired for conservation’s sake, meaning they are not open to the public in order to protect their delicate natural resources. Others are open during special events with programs led by trained zoologists or botanists. In the future, we hope to open these preserves during daylight hours with developed trails and other amenities. Cardinal Land Conservancy seeks to connect people to greenspaces near them and to nurture natural resources in SW Ohio.
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Below are some of Cardinal’s preserves and some interesting facts about each of them! For more information about any of them, or to inquire about events on these preserves, contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Little Miami Preserve
Todd's Fork Preserve
Kope Nature Preserve
In Southeast Brown County, the Kope formation (a bedrock formation unique to southern Ohio and Indiana) runs through incredibly diverse woods. A recent native plant survey listed over 100 native species. This property is also graced with five waterfalls, contributing to Roup’s Run, which flows into the Ohio River just beyond the bounds of the property.
Hunter Glen Preserve
The last remaining wooded area in the small Wilmington-area neighborhood of Highland Addition, Hunter Glen features maturing woods and a streams which run into Lytle Creek. The preservation of this place serves to prevent erosion and improve stream water quality, but it is also a testament to the power of volunteerism. The preserve is named for Bud Hunter, who maintained the preserve for years.
A small gem near the White Water River. The preserve sits on a wooded ridge with varied flora, ephemeral wetlands, and patches of old growth woods. The understory provides an ideal sanctuary for birds and wildlife in landscape that is mostly residential.
Berninghaus Preserve was designed to protect an unnamed tributary to the Mill Creek, which runs through the Westwood neighborhood, and preserve greenspace within this residential area. This small, protected area is not open to the public.
Laurel Ridge I Preserve
Laurel Ridge I is a small preserve, which protects three tributaries to Taylor Creek, and preserves a length of the viewshed from i-74. This small, protected area is not open to the public.