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Daughmer Bur Oak

Prairie Savannah

State Nature Preserve

The Daughmer Prairie (an oak savannah) is the last remaining, original, unplowed landscape portion of the Sandusky Plains Ohio prairie region.

Prairie Name

Daughmer Bur Oak Prairie Savannah State Nature Preserve


Location

786 Marion-Melmore Road, Bucyrus, Ohio 44820, centered between Upper Sandusky, Bucyrus, and Marion. It is a last, unplowed landscape remnant of the  original Sandusky Plains Prairie Region (Prairie Regions of Ohio)

Owner

The Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Prairie History

The area has apparently never been plowed, used as grazing area since settlement in the mid 19th century. Portions have been burned in prescribed fires in recent years. With the area’s acquisition by Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, this prairie/savannah is now preserved.

Size

33 acres.

Prairie Description

The Daughmer Prairie, as it’s commonly known, is a 35-acre unplowed remnant of the Sandusky Plains, one of Ohio’s three great prairie regions. It is composed of large, scattered bur oaks underlain primarily with prairie grasses and sedges. Because of the extensive grazing history of the site, typical densities and compositions of prairie forbs (wildflowers) are presently minor. But with the cessation of grazing and the institution (it is hoped) of frequent prescribed prairie fires, typical prairie forbs should reappear.


The site recently (2011-12) came into public ownership, assuring the persistence of this significant Ohio prairie site.

Visitation Information

The site has an approximate 1 mile loop trail, which can be wet in wet seasons of the year.

The site is managed by Crawford Park District. More information at http://www.crawfordparkdistrict.org/daughmer.html

Collecting of seeds or plants from the site is strictly prohibited.