Western Reserve Land Conservancy Preserves 35 Acres and Nearly Half a Mile of Tinker’s Creek

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The Western Reserve Land Conservancy, the largest local land trust in Ohio, strives to provide Ohio with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. The Land Conservancy partnered with the Village of Glenwillow on the Tinker’s Creek Preserve II project to conserve 35 acres and nearly half a mile of Tinker’s Creek, which is the largest tributary to the Cuyahoga River. According to Mayor Mark Cegelka, this project will support potential trail connections and an expanded greenway network that will connect Cleveland Metroparks to the Village.

The conservation and creation of Tinker’s Creek Preserve II not only supports the health of the watershed, but also the health of the local community by improving water quality. It is an important addition to nearby established parks like the 2,290-acre Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation as well as three additional properties owned by the Village of Glenwillow that total nearly 60 acres.

This includes the 17.5-acre Tinker’s Creek Preserve I created by the Land Conservancy and the Village in 2014. “It is a testament to our partners that they could see the future potential of this property for conservation and the Clean Ohio officials’ vision that they supported this project. When constructed, the proposed trail will allow connections to be made from other trails throughout the entire region,” said Mayor Mark Cegelka.

Quick Facts:

Who We Are

Headquartered in Moreland Hills, OH, Western Reserve Land Conservancy permanently conserves land in 23 counties across Northeast Ohio – from the Sandusky Bay to the Pennsylvania Border and from Lake Erie to Wayne County. They are the only organization in Ohio that focuses on conserving natural land, farmland and urban land. Land Conservancy now stewards more than 740 properties totaling 56,216 acres across the region, including the preservation of more than 240 farms and the creation of more than 170 public parks and publicly-owned preserves.

Land Conserved

In its lifetime, Western Reserve Land Conservancy has permanently preserved more than 740 properties totaling more than 56,000 acres. In 2018, Western Reserve Land Conservancy preserved an additional 34 properties in 17 counties totaling 3,907 acres.

Why it Matters

  • Our watersheds provide water for drinking, irrigation and industry – along with food and shelter to wildlife
  • These precious assets that the Land Conservancy preserves — clean water, rich farmland, world-class outdoor recreation opportunities and abundant wildlife — make this region a great place to live, work and play
  • Now more than ever, top-notch parks, world-class fishing, hunting, boating and hiking, working farms and vineyards are critical to our economic health

Tinker’s Creek Preserve II Location –Village of Glenwillow, Cuyahoga County

Tinker’s Creek Preserve II Partners

  • Main project partner: Village of Glenwillow
  • Supporting partners who helped support the Clean Ohio Grant included: Congressman Marcia Fudge, NEORSD, Village of Oakwood, State Senator Matt Dolan, Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Land Bank; and the Village of Glenwillow.

Public or Private – Tinker’s Creek Preserve II is private at the moment.

2014 Press Release – https://www.wrlandconservancy.org/articles/2014/11/22/glenwillow-land-conservancy-create-park-along-tinkers-creek/

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Images, research, studies and expert interviews are all available upon request.

Pictured In Cover Photo: Tinker’s Creek, photo courtesy of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy

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