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Fox Property Restoration Unit

Fox Property Restoration Unit:  This 40-acre project adds to the network of complex ecosystems that provides critical wildlife habitat near Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.


The Fox Property project adds to the network of complex ecosystems that provides critical wildlife habitat near Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. This 40-acre project is located directly across State Route 2 from the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. The property includes an 8-acre woodlot, which was maintained and enhanced.


This project reestablishes critical wildlife habitat around the shores of Lake Erie, an area that has been dramatically altered by industry and agriculture. The grassland restoration and reforestation on the Fox Property were designed to reflect Great Black Swamp land cover, based on elevation, soil types, and US Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat Management Plans.

  • Provides high-quality wildlife habitat, including nesting places for year-round and migratory birds.
  • Reestablishes regionally rare mesic prairie habitat, a fire-dependent biodiverse tallgrass prairie with soil neither too wet nor too dry.


  • Enhance existing habitat, including an 8-acre woodlot.
  • Restore more than 30 acres of high-quality native wildlife habitats, including short grass shrubland, mixed shrub and forest, and full forest.
  • Gift the restored property to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.


  • Planted 19 acres of grassland prairie habitats, with a focus on plants that provide food to pollinators and songbirds. Dominant plants in the mix include nodding wild rye, side-oats grama, partridge pea, and purple coneflower.
  • Planted and maintained 11 acres of trees to supplement the existing woodlot. Tree species include oaks (bur, white, and northern red), hickory (bitternut and shagbark), black walnut, and American basswood.
  • The Fox Unit officially became the Fox Nature Preserve, part of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex in 2020. This ensures that the property will be preserved and maintained for generations to come.



This project is led by The Friends of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, in conjunction with the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Maumee AOC Committee works toward fishable and swimmable waters in the Maumee Area of Concern and delisting the beneficial use impairments. The Committee is working towards all major restoration projects being completed by 2025, through collaboration of partners and volunteer opportunities by its facilitating organization, Partners for Clean Streams. The committee is made up of representatives from various organizations, citizens, businesses and non-government agencies to build long term solutions to the area’s water quality issues.