Bottomland Hardwood Forest

 © Amy Youngs_flickrcreativecommons

© Amy Youngs_flickrcreativecommons

The bottomland hardwood forest at the ORWRP connects riparian zones to the Olentangy River and adjacent wetlands. By having a buffer zone of hardwood trees, the bottomland hardwood forest allows for the entrapment of sediment and nutrient run-off into the Olentangy River. This allows for a overall healthier ecosystem.