Mill Creek MetroParks has acquired 161 acres on West Western Reserve Road in Smith Township. The MetroParks partnered with West Creek Conservancy to acquire the land, known as Hawkins Marsh, with funds obtained through the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, which provided $843,800 of the $1.1 million cost. The remaining $299,730 came in the form of a bargain sale, a news release states. The land consists of “unique natural habitats,” including wetlands, the release states. Recreational opportunities are being planned for the property.
“Once again, we are thrilled to be able to announce this most recent acquisition thanks to the dedicated efforts of MetroParks staff, our partners at West Creek Conservancy and financial support from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund,” Aaron Young, executive director of Mill Creek MetroParks, said in the release. “The acquisition of this unique property is another step forward in the mission of the MetroParks serving the needs of all of Mahoning County,” Young said.
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