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Media Advisory: Ohio State Wetlands Complex to be Dedicated

October 6, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The final stages of Ohio State University's "Buckeye Swamp" will culminate with the dedication of the wetlands teaching, research and service complex on Oct. 8.

The Olentangy River Wetland Research Park will be dedicated in honor of the late Wilma H. Schiermeier, an Ohio State University alumnus who was concerned about clean air and water. Schiermeier dedicated in excess of $1.5 million to the complex to that end, and to ensure the park's continued research. Schiermeier was Hamilton County's representative to the Ohio Farm Bureau and served as the board's secretary from 1993-2003. She was posthumously awarded the Hamilton County Farm Bureau "Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award."

The program will begin at 4 p.m. and will include a history and description of the wetlands complex, acceptance of the dedication by students, faculty and staff, and remarks from Walter Schiermeier, Wilma's cousin. The program is open to the public.

The Wilma H. Schiermeier Wetland Complex will encompass the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, the Sandefur Wetland Pavilion and the Heffner Wetland Research and Education Building.

The site has five acres of experimental wetlands, a seven-acre demonstration-created riverine wetland, a 13-acre bottomland forest restored in 2000 by ODOT, and a mesocosm compound for smaller-scale experimentation. Students and researchers use the complex to study the mechanisms of wetlands, how wetlands can be created and restored, and what benefits wetlands afford the environment.

The wetlands complex is located at 352 Dodridge Rd. just north of Ohio State's campus. For more information, log on to

Candace Pollock
Karen Frees