Howland seeks to buy 84 acres

Will expand protected lands

HOWLAND — Township officials are applying for a Clean Ohio Greenspace Conservation grant to purchase an 84-acre tract of land along Mosquito Creek, north of North River Road.

Trustees said at their meeting last week that the site includes more than 2,500 feet of Mosquito Creek frontage between state Routes 46 and 82, floodplains and wetlands and will expand an existing corridor of protected lands.

Trustee Chairman Rick Clark said there will be no cash contribution from the township, but instead officials will use the standing timber on the property as a match. The timber is valued at $45,000, officials said.

Planning director Kim Mascarella said the application for the grant includes the in-kind match of timber. She said the grant application allows for the use of the timber’s value, which was evaluated by state foresters.

Mascarella said bald eagle and heron nests are near the 84 acres as is property the township acquired through Clean Ohio. She said the township allows some hunting with permits as well as hiking and birdwatching on the site.

Trustee James Lapolla said the property could be used by Howland students for educational programs.

Mascarella agreed that nature study, water quality analysis and ecological research could be done at the location.

“This could be for the ongoing appreciation and learning of the Mosquito Lake corridor and shows how unique it is and worth protecting in the future,” she said.

Clark said the township is not removing any timber.

“We are just using the standing timber as a match for the grant,” Clark said.

The township also is seeking a Nature Works grant for improvements to a house off North River Road that will be used by the Trumbull MetroParks board for office space.

Officials are seeking a $12,000 grant to add an Americans with Disabilities Act handicapped-accessible ramp, with the township obligating $8,770 required for reimbursement under the terms of the program, which reimburses 75 percent of the project costs.

The house is located at 3983 North River Road at the Howland SLOAS Nature Preserve. Officials said the Ohio Department of Natural Resources administers financial assistance for public recreation purposes.

The township is providing the house rent free to the metroparks. The property was purchased with Clean Ohio money.



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