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Restoration to be showcased in Wild Ohio webcast segment

In a peaceful little enclave located near the Mac-A-Cheek Castle, prairie grasses swayed in the wind Friday while brown trout wallowed in the Macochee Creek and squirrels and other small animals found reprieve from the midday sun in the shade of oak trees and sycamores.

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ABOVE: Native plants flourish near the banks of the Macochee Creek following a 2008 restoration project. The area will be featured in an upcoming Wild Ohio TV Internet segment. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Landowner Jim White, left, and Bob Stoll of the local Natural Resource Conservation Service talk Friday afternoon at the site of the Macochee Creek restoration located near Township Road 47 and the Mac-A-Cheek Castle. Brown trout and other native species have returned to the area following the completion of the project in 2008. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)

Film crews from Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife’s Wild Ohio TV also traversed this area located by Township Road 47 on Friday to document all of the changes that have taken shape following a creek restoration project completed in 2008.

Representatives from Oxbow River and Stream Restoration Inc. of Delaware, Ohio, which performed the site work also stopped by for the filming, along with Division of Wildlife personnel and members of fisherman groups such as Trout Unlimited.

The air time for the segment has not yet been announced.

A total of about $350,000 was spent to reroute about 1,500 feet of the Macochee Creek to re-create the natural winding path that it took before it was channelized in the early 1900s. Part of the funding included a $77,000 U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service grant, along with utilizing ODNR Division of Wildlife license plate fees and voluntary state income tax contributions.

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