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Sauder Village Breaks Ground on Wetlands Project

by Kim Krieger | Aug 01, 2018

Sauder Village has partnered with Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District, The Nature Conservancy, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife to convert approximately 30 acres of agricultural fields into a publicly accessible wetlands area. Thanks to these partners and funding support from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency under the provisions of Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act, excavation work on two wetlands began late in July.

The development of the wetlands and vegetative buffers at Sauder Village will help to slow water flow, reduce sedimentation and nutrient loads in the Flat Run Watershed, and establish natural habitats.  In addition, the wetlands dikes will support walking paths to provide public access to valuable conservation practices. 

The new paths will also connect with existing walking paths through an oak savannah and natural areas currently in place at Sauder Village.  Other agricultural best management practices have already been implemented at Sauder Village including filter strips, riparian buffers, grassed waterways, and windbreaks. The wetlands and expanded naturalized areas will offer even more opportunity to address water quality concerns while establishing Sauder Village as a demonstration and educational facility for ecological restoration and recreation.

“We are grateful for the collaboration with our conservation partners and local contractor, Rychener Excavating, to develop this wetlands at Sauder Village,” shared Debbie Sauder David, Sauder Village President and CEO. “Our hope is that the area will be well established by late spring of next year so that we can open it for public access and educational programming.”

Located in Fulton County, Sauder Village is Ohio’s largest living history destination. As a permanent educational resource, Sauder Village preserves the cultural heritage of the Great Black Swamp from 1803 through 1920 in a unique “walk through time” experience. Since 1976, Sauder Village has been making history relevant through costumed interpreters, farmers and artisans who personally engage guests in the stories and activities of our ancestors who forged a thriving community out of a desolate swamp. The 235-acre complex also includes the 98-room Heritage Inn, an 87-site campground, the 350-seat Barn Restaurant, the Doughbox Bakery, and banquet seating for 750 in Founders Hall.  Proceeds from the retail and hospitality areas, along with admissions, memberships, and donations, contribute to the financial support for this 501(c)(3) organization.  The public nature of Sauder Village and the amenities offered, make this site a model venue to showcase conservation practices for public educational benefit. 

To learn more about Sauder Village or how to plan a visit to Ohio’s largest living history destination visit www.saudervillage.org or call 800.590.9755.