The Mohican River Valley supports a variety of riverine plant and animal communities. More than 40 species of mammals and nearly 80 species of breeding birds have been noted in the riparian corridor, the greatest among these is the bald eagle, seen frequently now in the Wally Road corridor.   A number of Ohio common species of reptiles and amphibians can also be observed. The area is also home to the pre-historic looking state endangered hellbender salamanders. The return of the bald eagle and the river otter to this area speaks to the amazing natural habitat and the purity of the forest-filtered water resources to support this diverse community of wildlife.

  The vegetative cover of the region consists primarily of two types of forest communities: oak-hickory and maple-beech-birch. In addition to these common forest types, glacial relic and typical flood plain forests can be found. The glacial relic vegetation consists of hemlock, birch, and white pine, while sycamore, box elder, elm and cottonwood predominate in the flood plain.

   The wildlife resources of the Mohican River Valley are considered to be good to excellent with fishing, deer, turkey, and rabbit being the prime wildlife recreational pursuits. Good populations of small mouth bass, rock bass, bluegill, bullhead, channel catfish, carp, northern pike and suckers are commonly found in the Mohican River. Muskellunge and brown trout are caught in the Clear Fork of the Mohican River. It should be noted that the Mohican River Valley constitutes some of the richest habitat for invertebrate aquatic life known in this state.

  More than 60 species of fish have been documented in the Mohican watershed. Today the Mohican fish population is relatively intact reflecting the good quality of the watershed. The Clear Fork of the Mohican River was the only stream segment in Ohio to meet all of the Ohio EPA’s criteria for use of recreation and aquatic life designations.

   The Clear Fork provides the best known brown trout fishing in the state. So clean is the water that the Mohican River is not listed as a stream with fish consumption advisories. Of the 28 miles of the scenic Mohican River, 10.41 miles companions Wally Road. The Wally Road Scenic Byway is a 10.41 mile long drive which will take you through Ashland, Holmes and Knox counties. Located between St Rt. 3 south of Loudonville and St Rt. 514 in Greer, the Wally Road follows the Mohican River.  None of what we share can be considered boasting.  This is really all here and we are waiting to share it with you!

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANTS AND ANIMALS