This lBA includes the river drainage north of East Liverpool, and includes the Beaver Creek State Forest. Deep hemlock gorges and rugged hills surround much of Little Beaver Creek with a high diversity of plant life.
The drainage is one of the six or seven sites in Ohio harboring Canadian-zone species. It remains a potential Black-throated Blue Warbler breeding site. One of top five sites for Blue-headed Vireo, with Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Worm-eating Warbler. Specialty site for Northern Parula and Red- breasted Nuthatch. The only Ohio confirmed breeding site for Common Merganser.
This area has been protected over the years due to the foresight of the Vodrey Family Trust, and through the hard work of many conservation-minded groups such as the Friends of Little Beaver Creek, Little Beaver Creek Land Foundation, Columbiana County Federation of Conservation Clubs, Little Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River Area Council and the Columbiana Soil & Water Conservation District, as well as the primary land managers Beaver Creek State Park and Beaver Creek State Forest.