Storm Damage Boardwalk Restoration Fund
The Friends of Magee Marsh has launched a fund-raising campaign to restore the boardwalk.
The boardwalk was heavily damaged by fallen trees during an August storm. The devastation is heartbreaking especially to those who have experienced and cherish Spring migration at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. Let’s help the Division of Wildlife restore the boardwalk so memories can be made again this Spring. Please contribute by sending a check to the Friends of Magee Marsh, P.O. Box 92, Port Clinton, OH 43452. Mark your check “Boardwalk Restoration Fund.”
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NOTE: Using the donate button above sends the donation to our General Fund unless you specify "Boardwalk Restoration Fund" in the special instructions to seller.
The Back Story
In the early hours of the morning of August 11th, a tremendously violent storm passed through Northwest Ohio. As it tracked across Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area it destroyed seven of the ten eagle nests on these properties. It stripped foliage, broke branches, topped, pushed over and uprooted trees but miraculously left several large dead trees standing. The damage appeared to come from strong straight line winds as there was no evidence of twisting damage that a tornado would have left. All the trees that fell, lay in a similar direction. Quite a number of trees fell onto the Magee Marsh Boardwalk causing damage. Major damage occurred to the start of the big loop and to the small loop at the west end of the Boardwalk where it rejoined the main walk. The huge half hollow cottonwood at the corner of the big loop fell down along and across the boardwalk taking out about 50 feet or so of the walkway. On the small loop, about half the walkway was destroyed and destabilized by uprooted trees, especially where the loop rejoined the main walkway, it was pushed eight to ten feet into the air.