Otsego School District Living Laboratory Project

Wood County 

The Otsego School District Living Laboratory Project will restore natural habitat on a 16-acre previously farmed site located in Wood County. Restoration of this site will include 2.5 acres of riparian (wooded) habitat and of 5 to 10.5 acres of wetland habitat. This project will maximize sediment and nutrient capture from the 13.38 square mile watershed. Once complete, Black Swamp Conservancy will transfer the site to Otsego Schools for use as a living laboratory. Approximately 1.5 acres of the property will be retained in agricultural use for Otsego School’s Future Farmers of America program to demonstrate the value of using natural habitats to filter agricultural runoff. 

Project Size: 13 Acres 

Partner: Black Swamp Conservancy