Hiram College

Hiram College added 152 acres of protected woodlands and wetlands property as part of its James H. Barrow Biological Field Station one year ago, and now, on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, the public will have the opportunity to hear about and tour the new Eagle Creek Restoration Project.

Those who wish to attend should contact Matt Sorrick at sorrickmw@hiram.edu or 330-569-6003 and be prepared for snowy and muddy conditions. Meet at the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station (11305 Wheeler Rd. between Hiram and Garrettsville) at 10:00 a.m. for a brief discussion of the project and then hike to see the habitat reclamation project.

This new preserve is being transformed from a highly impacted landscape to a habitat restoration project that involves reclamation of a section of Eagle Creek, and establishment of the floodplain and important wetlands. The restoration is a collaboration among Hiram College, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, the Ohio EPA and Davey Resource Group.

Objectives of the restoration include preservation of wetland habitat and significant stretches of Silver Creek
and Eagle Creek for hydrologic and biodiversity benefits, restoring a deep channelized part of Eagle Creek
to a more shallow, natural curved meander which will restore the floodplain and allow it to function naturally
(e.g., to retain sediment) and enhancing and restoring the stream and wetland habitat
for fish, aquatic macroinvertebrates, and other organisms.