|This wetland reserve program was initiated in April of
2007. The sixty acres of farmland was originally owned by Henry C.
Shepherd, of Lakeview, Ohio. When Shepherd passed the land was left to
his grandson, Bryan D. Putnam and daughter/son-in-law, Lynda and Douglas
Putnam. This project was in the preliminary stages when Bryan very
suddenly passed away. It was Bryan's dream to live on this farmland one
day. The Putnam's have continued to work on this project in memory of
their son, Bryan.
The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program
offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance
wetlands on their property. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help
landowners with their wetland restoration efforts. The NRCS goal is to
achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum
wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program. This program
offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and
wildlife practices and protection. Dan Braden, NRCS Civil
Engineering Technician, from Lima, Ohio, who designed the Putnam
Wetlands said the following:
"I am sure that this project will touch many people in
the name of Wetlands Restoration and the need to preserve/restore them.
There are untold benefits from this type of project. Water quality
(sometimes a least recognized but important environmental lift) will
improve as these wetlands will serve as 'Mother Nature's Kidneys'. I
can't wait to witness the diversity that will result with wildlife
The Plan View of the Putnam Wetlands project.
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Aerial picture taken during construction on November
14, 2007. The Putnam Wetlands are outlined in red.
Aerial picture taken June 2010.
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Satellite photo of property prior to the beginning of
the wetlands development.
Satellite Photo from 2011