Metroparks to seek $43K grant

BRACEVILLE — The Trumbull County Metroparks District plans to seek a $43,000 Ohio Nature Works grant to acquire a 5-acre property adjacent to the 136-acre Eagle Creek wetlands in the township.

Zachary Svette, project coordinator with the district, said a public meeting will be 2:30 p.m. today at the district offices, 185 E. Market St., to explain the project and the metroparks’ plans for the land.

Svette said the district wants to purchase the 5-acre Eagle Creek Wetlands park access property to promote public access to the wetlands on which recreational activities, such as hunting and fishing, would be available for free.

Plans would also include walking and hiking trails.

He said if the metroparks secures the grant funding, the Western Reserve Land Conservatory would transfer ownership of the 136-acre wetlands it currently owns to the metroparks with the 5-acre site providing an entrance and parking area for the preserve.

The grant application is due by May. The work would begin in 2018.

Braceville trustees at their meeting Tuesday said they were aware of the efforts by the metroparks to secure the land off Nelson Moser Road near Eagle Creek, a tributary of the Mahoning River, and also of the efforts by the land conservatory.

”They (the land conservatory) are currently trying to get the funding to get the land into the metroparks,” said Trustee Chairman Todd Brewster.

Officials have said at past meetings the wetlands include a feeding area for migratory waterfowl, a breeding habitat for redheaded woodpeckers and a growing location for Eastern Straw hedge.