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Conservancy groups locks up more of NE Ohio to keep it green
The Western Reserve Land Conservancy has facilitated deals preserving thousands of acres
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Western Reserve Land Conservancy's new headquarters building, in Morland Hills is a combination of a restored historic home and a large addition. The facility includes office space for about 20 of the Conservancy's 35 employess
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A couple of hundred more acres of northeast Ohio woodlands, wetlands and farm countryside is targeted for preservation from development.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

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Western Reserve Land Conservancy is a non-profit with an innovative approach to preserving natural places and farmland in our region. The group works with property owners, state and local governments and others to create what are called “conservation easements.”  Such easements lock in long-term preservation of private land from development--a status somewhat like a park or nature preserve--but without the owner having to give up his or her property.

New areas for preservation
The Land Conservancy’s Ken Wood says the latest efforts involve two privately held tracts in northern Trumbull County.
“One is in Bloomfield Township. It’s about 74 acres of beautiful wetlands. And, one is Farmington. It's 146 acres and it contains several state threatened species. And it is surrounded on all three sides by the Grand River Wildlife Area, which is owned by the State.” 

Funding
Trumbull County’s commissioners are on board with the plans, and Western Reserve Land Conservancy is applying to Ohio's Clean Ohio Fund for financial support. Final figures on how much money will be needed have not yet been determined.

Since its founding in 2006, Western Reserve Land Conservancy has made preservation deals involving more than 7,000 acres in Trumbull County alone.

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