Cleveland Metroparks is soon undergoing a significant conservation project to protect valuable wetlands in the southeastern corner of the Village of Bentleyville adjacent to South Chagrin Reservation. The Wetland Protection in the Chagrin River Watershed project will conserve and protect 75 acres of greenspace including wetlands and headwater streams.
When the property is acquired in December 2019, it will officially become part of South Chagrin Reservation for permanent protection.
The acquisition is supported by a $4.15 million grant by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) and is sponsored by City of Washington Court House, Wastewater Treatment Plant Update Project.
The property contains more than 22 acres of valuable Category 3 wetlands, the best condition of wetlands that supports amphibian, insect and plant life as well as high-performing water quality and storage.
The property also includes 1,600 linear feet of a Class III primary headwater stream that flows to the Aurora Branch of the Chagrin River. Class III streams are the highest-ranked streams by Ohio EPA and are perennial with habitats fed by clean, cold groundwater that support life.
In addition to the wetlands and streams, the property contains more than 53 acres of upland forests that includes American beech, maples, oaks and hickories, which help further protect the wetlands and streams. The property contains a diverse understory of greater than 50 plant species, 12 different fish species and a variety of bird species throughout all levels of the forest.
The acquisition is supported by the Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP) grant administered by the Ohio EPA that funds preservation and restoration of high-quality water resources.
Link to Limited Environmental Review
Link to Finding of No Specific Impact (FONSI)
Map of Jackson Property