The 25-acre Warder-Perkins Preserve, located in Hamilton County’s Miami Township, is a dedicated Ohio State Nature Preserve. This preserve was acquired as a gift from Ethel Perkins in 1970. It consists of predominantly mature oak-hickory and mixed upland hardwood forests, and includes a small perennial stream. It is bisected by a Duke Energy powerline cut; although that is hardly a positive feature of the preserve, it does at least add to the preserve’s biological diversity.
A field survey by noted local botanist Daniel Boone, conducted in 2016, found nearly 200 species of plants on the preserve. The star of the show is undoubtedly the federally endangered Running Buffalo Clover, Trifolium stoloniferum.
We are actively managing the preserve to reduce the populations of non-native invasives such as Japanese Stilt Grass, Microstegium vimineum and Periwinkle, Vinca minor. We hold periodic volunteer work days to help control invasives, which are publicized on our email list.
Access to the property is quite limited, and requires written advance permission. However, in addition to the work days, we have scheduled field trips to the preserve, which we expect to resume after the covid pandemic is brought under control.
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