The Ohio Wetlands Foundation Gives to Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

The Wetland Research Park was named 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 through her estate to the complex to ensure the park’s continued research and vitality. Schiermeier, who passed away in 2004, 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.” Vince Messerly, president of the Ohio Wetlands Foundation, said his organization recognizes William J. Mitsch, a professor of natural resources and environmental science at Ohio State and director of the Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park, as a national leader in wetland science and study.