Purchased just a couple of months ago AOA’s Steward Preserve consists of approximately 48 acres of relatively mature bottomland forest riparian zone. The river frontage, floodplain and wetlands help to protect the riparian corridor and water quality along Big Darby Creek – a state and nationally designated Scenic River recognized for its exceptional biological diversity.
Over 7,100 linear feet of river frontage along both sides of the river, including an island, are conserved. This stretch of Big Darby Creek is home to a significant number of rare, endangered and/or threatened species including mussels, fish and bats. AOA is collaborating with several conservation partners to help conserve riparian lands in the Big Darby Creek corridor.
We will hike the length of the property viewing the riparian habitat and wildflowers. We will break to eat lunch or snack along the river. If water conditions allow we will ford the river to explore the island forest and fields. Afterwards, feel free to stay and help us pull some of the invasive garlic mustard that is choking the wildflowers.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m.
Location: The Steward Preserve is located along London Road south of Darbyville in Pickaway County. The address for the driveway is 19644 London Rd, Circleville, OH 43113. We will rendezvous at Renick cemetery on the right (east) side of the house at the end of the drive – use Google map link below.
What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather and walking in forests and fields. Feel free to bring a lunch or snacks and enjoy a picnic lunch on the river.