Earth Day Clean-up planned for Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is hosting an Earth Day presentation and clean-up at Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve on Thursday, April 22, 2010, at 4 p.m. in Huron.
The public is invited to join Huron Daisy Scout troops 53 and 517 and Girl Scout Troop 318 as they learn about the importance of Ohio’s Great Lake, wetlands, environmental stewardship and Lake Erie’s connection to Earth Day prior to collecting litter on the preserve’s trails and beach. Interested participants are asked to meet at the preserve’s kiosk on the west side of the parking lot.
The 463-acre Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve is one of the last remaining undeveloped stretches of coast on Lake Erie ’s south shore. The Erie County site is also Ohio ’s best example of a natural barrier beach, which is more than 1 mile long.
The preserve’s lush wetlands provide protection and habitat for a variety of plants and animals including 300 bird species – numbers are greatest in the spring and fall when migrating birds stop to rest before or after crossing Lake Erie . The preserve’s wetlands mark the eastern end of East Sandusky Bay .
Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve is located at 2715 Cleveland Road West (U.S. Route 6) in Huron. To learn more about this unique wetlands preserve, visit www.ohiodnr.com/dnap.
The Earth Day event is being co-sponsored by ODNR’s Office of Coastal Management and Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. The event will not be held during inclement weather; call (419) 626-7980 to check.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.