Sunday Creek Coal Company 2 Conservation Area
Hocking County, OH
The Sunday Creek Coal Company 2 (SCCC2) site is a 3,332 acre site in Hocking County, Ohio. The site was previously owned and operated by the Sunday Creek Coal Company until its purchase by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in 2012. On behalf of ODOT, EMH&T conducted a thorough inventory of aquatic and forest resources on the site in 2012 in order to identify ecological resources and assess bat habitat suitability. This effort included a forested habitat inventory, stream inventory, emergence surveys and acoustic bat surveys. Additional studies were completed in 2014 to locate potential bat hibernacula on the site and to conduct a fall swarming study, and conservation and mitigation plans were prepared for review and approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Natural Resources. As a result of this work, the preservation of forested habitat on the site has been approved as a conservation measure to offset impacts to potential Indiana bat and northern long-eared bat habitat caused by Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) projects. In addition, the site will provide stream mitigation for the Nelsonville Bypass project (HOC/ATH-33-17.00 PID 14040) and will serve as a pooled stream mitigation area for future ODOT projects.