Ohio Department of Natural Resources

10/08/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/08/2019 13:56

New Wildlife Area Dedicated in Northwest Ohio’s Hardin County

FINDLAY, Ohio - Andreoff Wildlife Area, located in Hardin County, was dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 5, and will add more than 700 acres of public land in northwest Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The wildlife area provides opportunities for people to hunt, trap, and view wildlife.

'ODNR is proud to be at the forefront of Governor DeWine's efforts to protect Ohio's water and ensure a healthy Lake Erie,' said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. 'This latest addition to public lands is a win for conservation, recreation, and sound environmental management. Thank you to our partners, particularly Ducks Unlimited and the sportsmen and women of Ohio, for their long-term commitment to wetland conservation in Ohio.'

The wetlands on the north property were constructed in 2005 and have a permanent conservation easement through the USDA Farm Bill Wetland Reserve Easement program. Since 2005, the number of wildlife species seen on the property has more than doubled. The property now hosts approximately 86 species of breeding birds and nearly 175 species are viewed on the property each year, including threatened and endangered species like trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, northern harriers, American bittern, and king rail.

'Andreoff will add much needed public access to the region, while providing critical habitat for numerous species of wetland and prairie wildlife,' said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. 'These wetlands are well-known resting areas for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl, including some very rare and unique species, as they make their long journeys each spring and fall. This wouldn't have been possible without the support of Ducks Unlimited. Ducks Unlimited was able to secure $275,000 toward the purchase of the property.'

Over half of the endangered and threatened species in Ohio and the U.S. depend on wetlands at some point in their life cycle, making wetlands one of the more important habitats to conserve.

'Establishing a new wildlife area is a landmark occasion for Ohio recreation and wildlife,' said David Brakhage, director of operations for the Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Region. 'Ducks Unlimited is honored to work with our partners to protect more than 700 acres of prime waterfowl habitat for generations to come.'

To learn more about Ohio's wildlife areas and recreational opportunities, visit the Division of Wildlife website at wildohio.gov.

The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.