Annual Dinner

Remember your Friends, Family, Neighbors and Business Associates – AND Support the Appalachia Ohio Alliance at the same time!

For a minimum gift donation of $10 each, AOA will personalize and send our beautiful 2018 holiday card featuring a “Black-hand Sandstone Block in old Hocking River Channel” from our Fox Bluff Preserve in Hocking County. An announcement will be placed inside the card recognizing your conservation gift to the Alliance in honor of the recipient.

For a minimum gift donation of $50 each, the Alliance will send our beautiful card announcing that you have purchased a 2019 membership to the Appalachia Ohio Alliance as a holiday gift in the recipient’s name.

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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

Saturday, December 8
Volunteer Workday at Conserved Hocking Canal Lock
Help AOA Protect Hocking Canal Lock No. 8

AOA is sponsoring a work day at our newest property, old Hocking Canal Lock No. 8. Although in excellent condition for its age, the 180-year-old historic structure needs a bit of upkeep. Trees growing in the stones will be cut out and trash and debris in the canal will be cleaned up. Invasive vegetation in the canal prism will be trimmed and removed.

This is a work event. AOA will offer a canal visitation event next year for friends, supporters and neighbors who wish to get a closer look at the lock and other Hocking Canal features conserved by AOA.

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Annual Dinner

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
Annual Dinner

AOA Celebrates 10 New Conservation Properties at Annual Dinner

Over 100 AOA friends and supporters gathered at Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis on November 10th. Conservationists from throughout central and southeastern Ohio celebrated the 10 new properties totaling nearly 800 acres that were conserved this year. These included over 500 acres along Big Darby Creek and 110 acres in the Hocking Hills, two primary AOA initiatives.

Susan Leopold, Director of United Plant Savers (UpS) provided an inspiring talk about the conservation and restoration of native medicinal plants in Ohio. AOA holds a conservation easement on the UpS Golden Seal Sanctuary in Meigs County.

Awards were presented to several very worthy recipients including Conservation Volunteers Dustin Kraus and Darlene Sillick, Brian Blair for Conservation Achievement and the ODOT Office of Environmental Services for Conservation Partnership.

Annual Dinner
Annual Dinner
Annual Dinner

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.

Annual Dinner 2018

Fall Color Hike Along the Hocking Canal
Showcases Hocking River Valley Natural and Heritage Resources

40 AOA members and friends enjoyed a beautiful fall day walking the old canal towpath near Rockbridge. Although tree color was in short supply we all enjoyed the fall weather and trek through the bottomland forest and wetland habitats. One of the highlights was the Sheep Pen lock (pictured above). AOA is grateful to Jody Farrell of the Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society for leading the trip and identifying the various trees we encountered.

Annual Dinner 2018
Annual Dinner 2018
Annual Dinner 2018
Kleinmaier Beauty

Big Darby Creek Float

Showcases Aquatic and Riparian Resources

Over 40 AOA members and friends enjoyed a beautiful summer day on Big Darby Creek.

Thanks to ODNR Scenic Rivers Program Manager Bob Gable and staff members Heather and Kayla for leading our trip and for the informative and educational activities highlighting the quality of this special resource.

Canoe Float
Canoe Float
Canoe Float

2017 AOA Year in Review Available

Thanks to your support 2017 was another successful year for land and water conservation. Check out our most recent Year in Review and catch up on our progress. If you would like to receive a hard copy via mail, please contact AOA at

2017 Year in Review
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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 Partners in Ohio Bat Conservation Project
Over 500 Acres to be Conserved

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Over 500 Acres to be Conserved

AOA Initiatives Featured in The Buckeye Bulletin

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