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Cemex Reserve

In 1800 this site was likely a prairie wetland with shallow standing water. Farmers drained it and later the land was mined as a source of soils needed for the production of Portland cement.

Through a federal grant to Wright State University and the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, this wetland and prairie were restored in the mid 1990s. Water was diverted back onto the land and original drainage patterns were restored. Plantings have restored native wildflowers, grasses and sedges.

Location: Entrance and parking located on Sanctuary just north of Garland Ave.

Lat/Long Coordinates: 39.806261,-84.005029

Trail length: About 1.2 miles

Trail difficulty: Flat but muddy after rain

What to see: Marsh, wet forest, wet prairie and small fens. The rare wet prairie naturally floods in late winter and spring then dries in summer to support Indian Grass, Big Bluestem and Little Bluestem grasses. Look also for coneflowers, Monkey Flowers, Ohio Goldenrod, Prairie Dock, Butterfly Weed and other colorful flowers in late summer. In late winter, waterfowl like wood duck and bufflehead may be seen in open water. At other times look for reptiles, amphibians, painted and map turtles, bluebirds, deer and fox.

Amenities: 165 acres with parking, hiking, wetlands area, portable restrooms (varies)

Wetland fact: Soil, rich in sand and gravel, at Cemex Reserve absorbs rain, purifying the water as it replenishes the aquifer underground. The aquifer supplies our drinking water. The design of this wetland holds storm runoff amounting to about 75 acres of floodwater one foot deep, thus protecting homes in Fairborn and downstream.

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