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Toboso Cleanup Project 2012

posted Feb 7, 2012, 6:39 PM by Lucas Hardbarger   [ updated Feb 7, 2012, 6:45 PM ]
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Over the past weekend, you may have noticed some changes at the Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. Most notably the parking area near the entrance to the city of Toboso. The purpose of the clearing was based on several factors. This announcement is to ensure that the community understands the vision and mission as developed by the Friends of Blackhand Gorge.

On Saturday, February 4th, 2012, local volunteers, along with members of the Ohio Audubon Society, rallied together to remove invasive trees and shrubs from the preserve entrance. The work was organized as part of a long range goal to beautify Blackhand Gorge and restore the beautiful entrance to the city of Toboso.

A few trees near the entrance were cleared for safety reasons. The top of a large Cherry tree was dead and hanging over the parking lot along the driveway to the cabin. It was a safety hazard for all visitors relaxing near the parking area. 

Blackhand Gorge Cabin


Some of the trees and shrubs that were cleared from the area include the following:
A fence was removed near on Canal Lock trail, which lead to the old interurban trolley tunnel. The fence was erected to keep people from seeing the interurban trolley tunnel, and right of way, the canal tow path, Council Rock, and a stunning waterfall. The removal of this fence was also part of our long range goal to restore beauty at the preserve and provide full access to all that Blackhand Gorge has to offer.

Other activities were performed through out the day as well. The A-frame bridge near the Brushy Fork end of the preserve was cleared and restored. A fence was removed near there that prevented the community from seeing it’s beauty. Multiple fences were cleared along the bike path as well. This allows mother nature to show her true beauty with no obstructing “STAY OUT” signs while visitors stroll down the paved bike path.

Be sure to visit our Facebook page for images and videos from the event:


The friends group is currently organizing another event for this Saturday, February 11th, 2012 to continue the clean up process. The remaining debris is hoped to be fully cleared this weekend so that Blackhand Gorge can begin it’s course in restoring it’s own beauty back to the great city of Toboso.

Stay up to date with our community calendar and sign up to get notified when new events are added:

Friends of Blackhand Gorge


To learn more about the Friends of Blackhand Gorge please visit our website. If you have questions or would like to become a member, please visit our Contact Us page or call Jody Holland, Manager of Blackhand Gorge @ (740) 285 - 0130.
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