Field Trip – Morris Woods State Nature Preserve

Leader: Richard E. Moseley, Jr.— Dick served as the first Chief of the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and managed the program for 20 years. Under his leadership, the Division acquired and dedicated 103 nature preserves, and the Ohio Natural Areas Program was nationally recognized as one of the outstanding Natural Areas Programs in the country. In 1990, Dick became Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources supervising the Divisions of Parks and Recreation, Wildlife, Natural Areas and Preserves, Forestry, and Watercraft. He retired from the Department on November 30, 1993 and moved to Colorado where he volunteered for the U.S. Forest Service on the San Juan National Forest for 15 years.  He is a member of the Ohio Conservation Hall of Fame.

Directions: Morris Woods is located in Liberty Township, 2 miles northeast of Johnstown on U.S. 62, then ½ mile East on Dutch Lane. The preserve will be on your right beyond Nichols Lane. The entrance and parking area are marked by the Morris Woods Nature Preserve sign.

Habitat Focus: Beech-Maple Forest and Swamp

Time & Meeting Place: Meet at the parking lots at 9:50am and the hike will begin promptly at 10:00am.

Bring: Be sure to pack a bottle of water and bring a day pack for your lunch which will be enjoyed along the trail. 

Difficulty: The hike will be easy and mostly level ground.

Nancy Stranahan Bio Photo