Kendrick Woods is a unique area within a very agricultural region of the state. It is located in the northwest corner of Allen County and contains a 182-acre oak-hickory forest, a State Nature Preserve managed by the Johnny Appleseed Park District, and the largest remaining contiguous woodlot in a tri-county area. It also contains 90 acres of grassland-meadow habitat, a 5-acre prairie, a 3-acre mitigated wetland and a 5-mile riparian corridor along the Auglaize River. An extensive woodland for this part of the state, it is an important stopover for migratory birds. The southern end of Kendrick Woods contains a flowing artesian sulphur spring adjacent to Six Mile Creek. Some oaks in this area are estimated to be 200 to 300 years old. The various habitats promote biodiversity in an area of Ohio known for its lack of species diversity.
This site contains several unique and ecologically important habitats, i.e., oak-hickory forest, grassland, wetland, prairie, and river corridor. Ten state-listed species of birds have been documented for this area. Red-shouldered Hawks breed, while Winter Wrens, Hermit Thrushes, migrating warblers and other songbirds utilize this area. Eleven high-priority Ohio IBA species have been documented. Within Allen County these locations are essential for breeding, migration, and wintering populations of bird species. Bobolinks have been documented at this site.
Numerous bird species, including migrating warblers, various songbirds, owls, hawks, Pileated Woodpeckers and Red-shouldered Hawks, use this area. Seven species of endangered or threatened birds have been documented. The river corridor and wetland provide habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and even the occasional Osprey and Bald Eagle. Green-winged Teals, Little Blue Herons, and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons have been documented.
Invasive alien plant species are problematic, especially garlic mustard. This species is being actively removed through a management plan and the work of numerous volunteers. The mitigated wetland is in the early development stage.
Since Allen County is primarily agricultural, most natural areas have been lost at a rapid rate. The 182-acre nature preserve, a healthy oak-hickory forest community, is the largest contiguous woodlot remaining in a tri-county area.
Owner: Johnny Appleseed MetroPark District, 2355 Ada Road, Lima, OH, 45805