Visitors to the Bartley Preserve this summer are in for a treat as a variety of rare plants are emerging from the dormant seed bank in the glacial potholes!
The attached images of Hitler Pond show a number of species including Burhead (largest known population in Ohio), Engelmann’s spikerush and Rocky Mountain bulrush (only known population east of the Mississippi River) are all still present and coming up in the thousands. Other native plants as well.
We are testing the seed bank in the two primary “pond” areas to help identify specific restoration actions needed. Needless to say we are excited and looking forward to complete restoration of this wonderful site!
Restoration planning is underway and will proceed over the next couple of years. Stay tuned.