Black Swamp Conservancy Elects Toledo Man as Vice President

Perrysburg, Ohio (September 18, 2009) – Black Swamp Conservancy, a non-profit land conservation organization based in Perrysburg, has elected Ken Zeck of Toledo as vice president.

Mr. Zeck’s term as vice president runs until June 2011. He has served on the conservancy’s board of trustees since 2003 and was president from 2005 to 2007.

Mr. Zeck is the former assistant director, global real estate, of Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Jim Spengler, former director of the Toledo Area Metroparks, had been vice president of Black Swamp Conservancy. The conservancy’s vice presidency became vacant when Mr. Spengler left the area recently to take a job in Virginia.

“We are extremely pleased to have Ken Zeck serve as vice president and return to our executive committee,” said Kevin Joyce, executive director of Black Swamp Conservancy. “Ken has a wealth of knowledge and experience to contribute to our land trust.”

Black Swamp Conservancy was founded in 1993, to protect and preserve natural and agricultural lands for the benefit of future generations. The conservancy’s primary conservation tool is the perpetual land conservation agreement, also known as a conservation easement. Such agreements, when signed by the landowner and the conservancy, restrict the uses of the land in perpetuity in order to protect its conservation values.

The conservancy, one of the largest in Ohio, has permanently protected 8,100 acres of agricultural and natural lands through 65 land conservation agreements in 12 counties and its ownership of nature preserves in Paulding County and on the Lake Erie Islands. The conservancy is a member of the national Land Trust Alliance and the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts.

Additional information can be found on the conservancy’s website, www.blackswamp.org.

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