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Monday, August 16, 2010

Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are!

A southeast Ohio conservation center will use $400,000 in grant money to convert acres of abandoned mines into thriving prairies in an effort to utilize agricultural technology outside of mainstream practices.

The Wilds, located in Cumberland, Ohio  is an area of land that was originally conceived as a private-public partnership involving the Ohio Departments of Natural Resources and Development, the Ohio zoological parks, and the private sector.  The Wilds was formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit under the name The International Center for the Preservation of Wild Animals, Inc. (ICPWA).

In 1986 - ICPWA received a gift of 9,154 acres of land from the Central Ohio Coal Company, a subsidiary of American Electric Power Company. The next few years were spent planning the development of the site, enlisting fundraising support from both the private and public sectors, and building a staff.

 The Mission statement of The Wilds is "To advance conservation through science, education and personal experience."

Perhaps the project will force Sasquatch that may inhabit the mines out into the open.  Salt Fork State Park is to the northeast of Cumberland.  Could this be a habitat for Sasquatches?

Ohio researchers might want to pay close attention to this area in the near future for an increase of sightings and activity.

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