FAIRBORN — The City of Fairborn on Feb. 16 received ownership of a nine-acre wetland at the intersection of Garland Avenue and Commerce Boulevard.
The wetland is a Category 3 (the highest designation) and is habitat for many plant, animal, and bird species.
Called Garland Wetland East, this new wetland is across Commerce Boulevard from the 18.62 acre Garland Wetland Reserve and just north of the new Fairborn High School. Both wetlands will function as “land labs” for future environmental science classes.
This acquisition was possible via a Clean Ohio Fund grant awarded to B-W Greenway Community Land Trust (B-WGCLT). The acre wetland will be preserved in perpetuity by a conservation easement held by B-WGCLT. This brings to a total of 13 properties of 332 acres conserved in Bath Township and the City of Fairborn by B-WGCLT.
This Clean Ohio grant does not provide for boardwalks or an observation deck as the Garland Wetland Reserve grant did. B-W Greenway expects to apply for these in the future. There will a dedication of both wetlands later in the spring.
For more information, visit www.bwgreenway.org .