Black Swamp Conservancy to Host Regional Conservation Meeting; ODNR Director Logan to Attend

Perrysburg, OH (October 30, 2009) Black Swamp Conservancy will host its annual northwest Ohio land conservation meeting on November 19th.

Each year, Black Swamp Conservancy brings together a number of public and private conservation organizations and agencies to discuss the state of land conservation in northwest Ohio.

“When you think about it, preservation of our natural resources makes sense for a lot of reasons,” said Kevin Joyce, the conservancy’s executive director. “There are so many ways that conservation benefits families in our region. Woods and wetlands help keep our air and water clean. Medical costs are reduced when people have places to go to enjoy healthy outdoor recreational activities. And look how many people visit the area during the spring and fall bird migrations and the annual walleye run. That shows how protecting our open space even supports the local economy.”

Organizations and agencies sending representatives to this year’s meeting include Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Hancock County Park District, Henry Soil and Water Conservation District, Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor, Metroparks of the Toledo Area, The Nature Conservancy, Oak Openings Region Conservancy, ODNR Division of Forestry, ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, The Trust for Public Land, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, West Central Ohio Land Conservancy, Winous Point Marsh Conservancy and Wood County Park District.

This year’s meeting will review the progress being made in implementing the group’s regional plan for conservation of natural areas, discuss the challenges of conservation in a struggling economy and identify partners to collaborate on conservation projects.

Ohio’s director of natural resources, Sean Logan, will be in attendance and participate in a panel discussion.

“I’m so glad Director Logan will be joining us,” said Joyce. “It’s vitally important to protect our region’s woods, wetlands and other natural areas. We’re pleased to be able to bring this great group of partners together to ensure that we achieve our mutual conservation goals.”

Black Swamp Conservancy is a non-profit land trust whose mission is 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, which is also known as a conservation easement. Through such an agreement, the landowner promises – for him or herself and all future owners of the property – to use the land only for agricultural purposes or to maintain the land in a natural, undeveloped condition.

The conservancy has permanently protected nearly 8,100 acres of family farms and natural areas in twelve counties since the conservancy’s founding in 1993. More information about the conservancy is available online at www.blackswamp.org.

Attachment: Tim Schetter of Toledo Area Metroparks, ODNR’s Nancy Strayer, Neal Hess from The Trust For Public Land and Wood County Parks director Neil Munger work on the regional land conservation plan at the 2008 meeting. (Black Swamp Conservancy photo)

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