3500 South Lattimore Road Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
Most of the locations managed by the Winous Point Marsh Conservancy are not open to the general public. They are used for research and study by those who have permitted access.
The coastal wetlands of southwestern Lake Erie are among Ohio’s most valuable natural areas. These shoreline marshes support the greatest diversity of plant and animal life of any habitat type in Ohio and act as natural filters of our landscape, by improving water quality, reducing flooding, and recharging aquifers. Yet, only ten percent of the estimated 300,000 acres of Ohio’s original coastal wetlands remain and these wetlands face continued detrimental pressures from shoreline development, suburban sprawl, and invasive plant species are increasing.
Since 1856, Winous Point has been at the forefront of waterfowl and wetlands conservation. As a steward of one of the largest wetlands remaining in the state of Ohio, Winous Point’s history of innovation provides a compelling example of the private contribution to wetland conservation. In Ohio, Winous Point helped pioneer the establishment of wetland protection, restoration, and management strategies, academic research in wetlands, and migratory bird regulations. Most recently, the non-profit Winous Point Marsh Conservancy was established in 1999 to meet the mounting challenges to wetland conservation in southwest Lake Erie.
Winous Point Marsh Conservancy’s mission is to protect, restore, enhance, and wisely manage coastal wetlands and watersheds in southwest Lake Erie. Through a combination of private contributions and leveraged grant funds, the Winous Point Marsh Conservancy is working to aid and facilitate wetland conservation programs and research in cooperation with neighbors, state and federal agencies, and other non-profit conservation groups.
Winous Point Marsh Conservancy, established in 1999, now manages close to 5,000 acres in Ottawa and Sandusky counties, including the lands of the Winous Point Shooting Club. It has been instrumental in the protection of habitats, controlling invasive species, and supporting and funding wildlife and ecological research at Winous Point and in the surrounding communities of Northwest Ohio. Each summer interns from Ohio State University reside in the dorm at Winous Point and work on research projects.
Content from Winous Point Marsh Conservancy website and Winous Point Marsh Conservancy news article in The Port Clinton Beacon