AOA Sponsors Spring Wildflower Photo Contest

Capture the beauty of our fabulous Preserves in their finest Spring attire!

AOA is sponsoring a photo contest focused on springtime wildflowers – April 1 through May 31. Attend an AOA event at one of our preserves and photograph some of our native wildflowers. All photo entries must be from an AOA property.

Rules and entry details will be posted shortly. Photos will be judged by noted nature photographers Jim McComac and Robert Henn. Prizes donated by REI, NANPA, Kelbyone and Midwest Photo.

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AOA Spring Photo Contest

2018 AOA Year in Review Available

Thanks to your support 2018 was another very successful year for land and water conservation. AOA celebrated the conservation of 10 new properties totaling nearly 800 acres. These included over 500 acres along Big Darby Creek and 110 acres in the Hocking Hills, two primary AOA initiatives..

Check out our most recent activities and accomplishments in our most recent Year in Review. If you would like to receive a hard copy via mail, please contact AOA at

2018 Year in Review
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AOA Conserves Two Properties Along Big Darby Creek
530 Acres Added to the Big Darby Creek Conservation Corridor

Two Pickaway County properties were recently added to AOA’s Big Darby Creek Conservation Corridor. Big Darby Creek is a National and State designated Scenic River that is recognized as one of the most diverse waterways in the Midwest. Through this Initiative, AOA seeks to preserve riparian properties and to create a continuous corridor of connected conservation lands to safeguard water quality, natural habitat and scenic qualities of the river.

AOA recently closed on the 276-acre Fickardt Farm property located on the west side of the Big Darby, between Circleville and Darbyville. This site will protect 4,440 linear feet of riparian corridor along the river.

AOA previously acquired Mishe Moneto, a 255-acre property along Big Darby Creek adjacent to Darbyville. This property includes 1.8 miles of riparian frontage along the river which is home to numerous species of mussels including five that have been listed as threatened and/or endangered. Recent bat studies along the Big Darby identified a number of trees supporting summer maternity colonies of endangered Indiana Bats on these properties.

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Big Darby

AOA Conserves Hocking Canal Lock

Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) partnered with the Canal Society of Ohio to preserve old Hocking Canal Lock No. 8 and a section of the canal in Fairfield County. The Canal Society donated funds to help purchase the canal structure while AOA utilized Clean Ohio grant funds to purchase the canal property. AOA is very grateful to Ronnie and Rita Williams who owned the lock for their interest in preserving this piece of local heritage and saving it from demolition. This property is part of AOA’s Hocking Canal Heritage Corridor Initiative.

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Hocking Canal

AOA Partners in Ohio Bat Conservation Project
Over 500 Acres to be Conserved

Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) is partnering with several compatible organizations to increase habitat for rare bats in Ohio. A project team, led by prime consultant EnviroScience, Inc., a regional environmental consulting and restoration firm, was selected by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to carry out a $5.0 million contract for bat mitigation activities in their Western Management Unit (WMU). AOA and The Conservation Fund, a respected nation-wide conservation organization, are key team members along with several subconsultants.

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Indiana Bat in flight with Grasshopper meal.

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When we consider what it took to create this landscape, we must also consider what we can do to insure that future generations will also be able to marvel at its beauty.
Paul Knoop
The scenic views, diversity of plants and wildlife, and quiet times in the country will all be enhanced by the security of knowing that things can stay this way into the future.
Larry R. Menchhofer

In the end, I decided to sell my property to AOA because I love it so much. It was hard to part with it – but I am not really parting with it – it is there forever thanks to AOA.

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Steve Fought

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AOA Moves Forward with Big Darby Creek Conservation – Adds Over 530 Acres

November 27th, 2018|Comments Off on AOA Moves Forward with Big Darby Creek Conservation – Adds Over 530 Acres

AOA Conserves Hocking Canal Lock

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AOA Partners in Ohio Bat Conservation Project
Over 500 Acres to be Conserved

November 1st, 2018|Comments Off on AOA Partners in Ohio Bat Conservation Project
Over 500 Acres to be Conserved

AOA Initiatives Featured in The Buckeye Bulletin

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AOA Conserves Premiere Medicinal Plant Sanctuary

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