21 Years of

Conservation in Central & Southern Ohio

21 Years of Conservation in Central & Southern Ohio

Our Conservation Achievement

Luther List Mound, moon bright over two beautiful trees with a deep blue sky
10000 +
Acres Conserved
Properties Conserved
Ohio Counties with Properties Conserved
Heron Rookery in Appalachia Ohio showing herons in their nests up in the tree
Conservation Preserves

Latest News

Bison Hollow SNP Dedication, group of four smiling in the snow with paperworkOn a beautiful snowy winter day representatives of AOA hiked into the deep woods of Bison Hollow for a special event. ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves held a signing ceremony with Director Mertz for the recently announced designation of core portions of AOA’s Bison Hollow Preserve as Ohio’s newest State Nature Preserve (SNP). Bison Hollow joins Kleinmaier SNP as AOA’s currently designated State Preserves.


Bison Hollow is one of the jewels of the distinctive Hocking Hills landscapes. It is covered in deep older growth hardwood forests with large stands of hemlock that provide homes for many native species that are becoming increasingly threatened or rare. The high Blackhand sandstone bluffs, gorges, rock shelters and caves, numerous waterfalls and relatively rare high-quality Coldwater habitat streams, are very worthy of conservation and protection from degradation.

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AOA News and Conservation Victories

Year in Review

Our 2023 Year in Review has just been published and mailed.  Check out the complete document at this link.



Our 2024 Calendar of Events is now available!  Click here to see a draft copy.

AOA Staff sponsored and attended the 2024 Ohio Rivers Symposium in Columbus Ohio on March 22, 2024.  Several hundred water resource and natural resources professionals attended the event.

Conservation Victories

 AOA has closed on three new properties in Hocking County as of May 2024!  These properties totaled 380 acres and included the MSM Land, Gerber (Gertude Hill Preserve) and BTG Phase 1.


AOA has worked with Living Carbon to plant 250,000 trees on 5 AOA properties in 2024 so far!  Thats not a typo–250,000 trees.  These trees included chestnut hybrids, oaks, poplars, walnuts, sweet gum, and many other species.   


AOA worked with volunteers from the Boy Scouts of America and the Izaak Walton League to plant 2,500 trees on 20 acres of the new Poston Preserve.  This included the mechanical planting of 2,000 chestnut hybrids and hand planting of about 500 native trees.  As of May 2024, we have observed about 100% survival of these trees.