Rock Run Preserve Expansion
Desired Acquisition: “Old Tram Road Tract”
Expanding Rock Run to 802 Acres in Size
Acres: 23 Project Value: $34,500 Balance: $0
Thanks to an anonymous donor, we are happy to announce that this campaign is now complete!
Rock Run is truly a wilderness preserve. Surrounded by 64,000 acres of Shawnee State Forest, it is contiguous with the largest state forest in Ohio, the equivalent of 100 square miles. Rock Run and Shawnee State Forest are an epicenter for plant diversity, a stronghold for neo-tropical breeding birds, and one of the last refuges for endangered timber rattlesnakes.
Between 2004 and 2019, the Arc purchased nine properties totaling 780 acres in the Rock Run watershed. Between our organization’s holdings and those of Shawnee State Forest, 98% of Rock Run’s watershed was at that time in conservation holders’ hands. How many watersheds in our country or state can boast such a claim? Few indeed! It was a satisfying achievement for the Arc to offer this protection to such an incredibly pristine stream. Technically, only two properties in the entire watershed still remained in private hands and we figured it could be decades before either one of them came up for sale. In the dawn of the year 2020, Arc staff and board members assessed that the protection of the immediate watershed of Rock Run was essentially complete, close enough to “nonprofit work” to be able to say, “Mission accomplished!”
But wouldn’t you know? Early in 2020, one of those two properties came up for sale! We jumped at the chance to put the 23 acre tract off of Tram Road into contract, and commenced later that year to officially begin fund-raising for its sale price. When this project is fully funded and the land safely acquired, Rock Run will be 802 acres in size, the second largest preserve in the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System.