Ohio database tracks state’s 18,700 species and natural features

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“As far as the Midwest goes, Ohio has relatively high biodiversity,” says Greg Schneider, administrator for the state’s DNR Biodiversity Database Program.

Ohio is home to at least six major habitats:

  • Beaches and marshes near Lake Erie.
  • Northern boreal forests in the northeast.
  • The Appalachian forest region in the southeast.
  • Prairies in the west.
  • Blue grass vegetation in the south-central area.
  • Sand barrens and wet prairies in the oak openings region in the northwest.

How did this part of the U.S. end up with this diversity? Read more here.

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