The Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands Welcome Your Support

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) recently filed a lawsuit to prevent the proposed “land swap” and permanently protect the Sawmill Wetlands. Please consider making a contribution to the Friends of Sawmill Wetlands legal fund, which will help support OEC’s lawsuit and allow us to continue the fight to protect Sawmill.

If we prevail in court we have a number of partners including the City of Columbus and The Nature Conservancy among others, ready to restore and maintain a learning lab that can be enjoyed by all. Any unused funds would be used to improve and manage and the wetlands.

For more information contact Steve McCaw at 371-6338 or Michelle Shinew at 793-0123. You can send a check made out to “The Friends of Sawmill Wetlands c/o Steve McCaw, 6881 Spruce Pine Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43235

Finally, while it is crucially important that we support this legal effort, we must also maintain pressure on our elected and appointed representatives to save the Sawmill Wetlands and transfer the site from ODNR to the City of Columbus. A very similar transfer is taking place between ODNR and the City of Cleveland with Cleveland’s Lakefront State Park. Please call your officials today.
Make sure these elected and appointed officials know how you feel about the proposed swap of the Sawmill Wetlands. Ask them to protect the Sawmill Wetlands and transfer them to the City of Columbus.

Please call today:
Governor Kasich-614 466-3555
State Senator Hughes-614-466-5981
State Representative Duffey-614-644-6030
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Zehringer 614 265-6879
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Nally 614 644-2782

The mission of the Friends of Sawmill Wetlands is to protect the beautiful Sawmill Wetlands for perpetuity.



  1. The Wetlands are usually locked down. Are there hours that the Wetlands are open to the public?


    1. Currently, the wetlands are only open by appointment from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands have arranged for it to be open the first saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 pm. The park will be open this saturday, June 1. We are continuing to work with ODNR to provide better public access to this gem.

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