Article: Otter Banks Pursuit at the Sanctuary Sows New Partnerships 

From Arc Newsletter 2019. Profound outcomes sometimes begin with deceptively small events. Like a shift in the wind, or a few flakes of snow. Back in 1995, the young non-profit struggling to afford the 47-acre perimeter of 7 Caves was one such event. Seven years earlier, the purchase of a farm on nearby Lapperell Road by Mr. J. Stauffer, a Mennonite from Pennsylvania, was another such event. The news of these unrelated newcomers didn’t make much of a ripple in the breakfast table conversations at the Rocky Fork Truck Stop. Yet, from these humble beginnings, two movements would grow that would leave this region of land—where Highland, Ross, and Pike counties come together—transformed. The saving of Otter Banks is an important chapter of this greater story and is a topic to which we will return, once we have put all the players into context.  Read More.

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Article: Reuniting God’s Country I with God’s Country II

From Arc Newsletter 2019. Ten years ago the Arc of Appalachia acquired God’s Country I from one of the region’s most singular and unforgettable individuals, Emerson Babington. Emerson always loved this corner of Highland County and during his long life he had amassed quite a collection of land holdings in the Rocky Fork Lake region. His bond to the land was tight. Occasionally he would sell off small parcels to young families just starting out – people for whom he had a soft spot in his heart – but for the most part he refused to part with his land.  Read More.



Article: Red Stone Farm & Resurrection of Beech Flats Swamp

From Arc Newsletter Winter 2017. Red Stone Farm lies a few miles just north of Fort Hill and southeast of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. It encompasses 1200 acres of land in one of the prettiest and most pastoral settings in all of Ohio. The Arc of Appalachia holds a permanent conservation easement on 200 acres of the farm, and is proud to work with the owners in wildlands conservation and restoration. Read More.



Article: Saving the Caves – 11 Years Later

From Arc Newsletter Winter 2016. Try to imagine you were suddenly dropped into a temperate forest wilderness in January, without any of the modern materials or technologies of modern civilization. Night is falling, and the temperatures are dropping below zero. Where would you go? Read More.



Article: Under the Multiflora Rose – Restoring Ridgeview Farm

From Arc Newsletter Winter 2016. Ridgeview Farm was pursued as an addition to the Highlands Nature Sanctuary back in 2003, primarily because it contained one of the few natural wetlands remaining in Highland County. Ridgeview lies on rolling hills of gravel and sand, sediment left behind by the glaciers over 16,000 years ago. Rains drain rapidly on these glacial ridges, only to seep into the surface once again in the farm’s lower elevations where the waters nourish a 30-acre swamp forest. The remaining 100 acres of Ridgeview Farm are composed of old farm fields with goldenrods, asters, and grasses. Read More.