Description - It is necessary to understand the rich history of Springville Marsh and its surrounding area to appreciate the importance of the preserve. Three factors have had a marked effect on this resource. First, abundant groundwater, which has surfaced as many cool, calcium-rich springs, continues to nourish the special plant life found here. Also, many Ice Age plant species and others that are newcomers provide this preserve with a remarkable and diverse inventory of flowering plants. Third, the uniqueness of the marsh has survived in spite of past agricultural and industrial disruption.
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Springville Marsh Nature Preserve
- Springville Marsh is an unequaled nature preserve in northwestern Ohio. It is the largest inland wetland in this part of the state. The 160 acres are notable for several reasons. Growing within the preserve are several Canadian and Atlantic coastal plain species, which became established here shortly after the Ice Age. Some of these plants are threatened and endangered species in Ohio. Fen orchids, bottle gentian, Kalm's lobelia and little yellow sedge can be seen along the boardwalk. One of Ohio's largest populations of twig-rush, a typical Atlantic coastal plain species, is located throughout the preserve. There are also smaller areas of more northern plants such as Ohio goldenrod, grass-of-Parnassus, and shrubby cinquefoil. The sedge meadows, shrubby thickets and vast areas of cattail marsh provide excellent opportunities to observe wildlife such as the rare spotted turtle.
Recreation - Springville Marsh offers its visitors an opportunity to study nature, bird watch and enjoy informative pathways through an open marshland.
Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.
Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.
Springville Marsh Nature Preserve is located four miles north of Carey, Ohio off U.S. Route 23.