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Koogler Wetland/Prairie Reserve

Acquired in 2003, Beavercreek Township secured this site with a Clean Ohio Grant, a contribution from the Koogler family and participation by the BCWA. Future plans include an observation deck in the swamp and a boardwalk. Koogler Reserve features the only large swamp in the wetlands.

The upland prairie and wet prairie were restored by Beavercreek Township and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Trails and boardwalk were constructed by the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association volunteers with a Dayton Foundation grant.








Location: Entrance and parking on Beaver Valley Rd. just south of New Germany-Trebein Rd.

Lat/Long Coordinates: 39.766243,-84.012174

Trail length: Trail Wetland Loop 0.6 mi, Prairie Trail 0.7mi, more trails coming

Trail difficulty: Wetland trail is flat but can be muddy, prairie generally dry grasses and flat

What to see: Come to bird watch - woodpeckers, woodcock, Prothonotory Warblers, many spring migrants, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Eastern Towhee and enjoy unique wetland plants such as Skunk Cabbage and tall prairie grasses, Big Bluestem, coneflowers, sedge meadows, and the wet woodland trees. See Beaver Creek, frogs, toads and salamanders and sometimes North American Beaver.


Amenities: 47 acres with parking, hiking trails, boardwalk, observation platform, no restrooms

Wetland fact: A swamp is a wetland with woody plants standing in shallow water for part of the year. Diverse native species like those seen here are a sign of a healthy ecosystem. Loss of diversity signals that conditions may be harmful to humans too. Dead trees are good nesting spots for woodpeckers.

Ownership:
Beavercreek Township

Partners:
Beaver Creek Wetland Association Ohio Division of Wildlife The Dayton Foundation The Tecumseh Land Trust


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