About the Floraroze Forest
Floraroze Forest was gifted by Diane Esser in 2007 as a bargain sale, and a portion of the property's interest was later gifted as a bargain sale in 2013 by her sister, Darlene Guadalupe. Diane Esser remains a partner in protection and stewardship on the property. Located in Girard Township, Erie County, the 106 acres are in an area experiencing high development pressure and protect several small streams amidst the forest. The woods transition from black cherry, sugar maple and beech in the southern portion to an old farm field grown up to red maple and black locust at the north end. Originally quite thick with understory invasive species such as multiflora rose, thoughtful overstory tree selection, small group selections (gaps), and on-the-ground stewardship have favored native understory regeneration. Although not eradicated entirely, which is not necessarily a realistic objective, the invasive species component of the forest has been significantly reduced.