Nearly 1,300 acres of unique wetland forest and meadows on the Lake Erie plain have been transferred to local hands as a nature preserve. The Edison Woods project costs will be paid using reduced interest financing on a local city water treatment facility loan. Funding will also be used to restore natural habitats on the site.
Supervision of the restoration work and management of the property will be the responsibility of Erie MetroParks. Edison Woods is among the first in Ohio to receive these Ohio EPA program dollars. The Erie MetroParks cited, among others, the Friends of Edison Woods, the Firelands Chapter of the Audubon Society, and the Friends of Wetlands as being integral to saving Edison Woods from development. An official dedication of the site is planned for October 27, 2001.