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Support public access projects at Nehls Memorial Nature Preserve

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Our goal is to raise $120,000 for public access projects at the Nehls Memorial Nature Preserve on Catawba Island, Ohio.

Local and national groups are developing plans to manage the Dr. Robert “Doc” Nehls Memorial Nature Preserve on Catawba Island. The beautiful property had long been a special place to enjoy nature and the calm West Harbor waters for the late veterinarian and outdoorsman and his wife, Norma.

After her husband’s death, Norma felt the property should be shared, and made a special arrangement to have it become a park and nature area. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service leaders at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor recently signed a partnership agreement with the Black Swamp Conservancy, outlining plans to cooperatively manage the Nehls Memorial Nature Preserve to protect wildlife habitat and increase recreational opportunities.

Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is working with both groups to help establish an ADA compliant kayak access point at this location to connect people of all ages and abilities with the Lake Erie Islands Water Trails.

$120,000 will be used to establish the following:

  • Picnic shelter
  • Two ADA accessible parking spaces (complete!)
  • Approximately 80-100' of sidewalk leading to the launch site (complete!)
  • EZ Dock Accessible Kayak Launch (complete!)
  • Informational kiosk and signage (complete!)