Conservation Groups Applaud State Officials for Backing Clean Ohio Program

“Clean Ohio benefits current and future Ohioans economically and personally,” noted Krista Magaw, Krista Magaw, executive director of Tecumseh Land Trust. “Preserving the best farmland guarantees the future of farming in Ohio, our number one industry, and reinforces good land use planning. Restoring and preserving our streams and rivers provides recreational opportunities and jobs – clean water is required for human life, for industry, and for the diverse habitat that makes Ohio so special. Trails pull it all together, providing a healthy lifestyle that attracts families and businesses to our state.”

“Preserving farmland is vitally important for family farms and agriculture as a whole. Ohio Farm Bureau appreciates the continued support of the Clean Ohio Fund by the legislature and governor,” explained Tony Seegers, director of state policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Rails-to- Trails Conservancy’s Midwest Policy Manager, Brian Housh, added, “The Clean Ohio Trails Fund continues to provide important economic, health and recreational benefits for Ohioans in all parts of our state. Notably, the over 400 miles of trails that have been built during the past 17 years that this vital program has been in place have significantly increased business activity and created hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

For more information about the Clean Ohio Fund, visit: https://development.ohio.gov/cleanohio/.

About Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides the people of our region with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. The Land Conservancy has preserved natural areas and working farms in 24 counties in northern and eastern Ohio. Its urban program, Thriving Communities, works statewide to clean and green urban centers devastated by the foreclosure crisis. To date, the Land Conservancy has permanently preserved more than 710 properties totaling 52,000+ acres; helped create more than 150 public parks and preserves; led the efforts to create 51 county land banks across Ohio; and planted nearly 5,500 robust trees in the City of Cleveland. To learn more, visit Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the- ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit The Nature Conservancy or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

About the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation was founded in 1985 and is a 501(c) (3) charitable, nonprofit organization. It has helped community groups, civic leaders and consumers in rural, suburban and urban neighborhoods use agriculture to address a variety of quality of life issues. Today the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation funds programming in four areas: education, community development, legal issues and animal issues. To learn more, visit Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

About Rails-to-Trails Conservancy:

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) serves as the national voice for more than 160,000 members and supporters, 31,000 miles of rail-trails and multi-use trails, and more than 8,000 miles of potential trails waiting to be built, with a goal of creating more walkable, bikeable communities in America. Our national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

About Tecumsah Land Trust:

Founded in 1990 by citizens in Yellow Springs and Miami township, Tecumseh Land Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization serving Greene and Clark Counties of Ohio and surrounding areas. The purpose of Tecumseh Land Trust is to preserve agricultural land, natural areas, water resources, and historic sites, in voluntary cooperation with landowners, and to educate the public about permanent land preservation. When current projects are complete, we will have preserved over 28,000 acres in our working area. To learn more, visit Tecumseh Land Trust.

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