Conserving southeast Ohio’s natural assets is a value of Buckeye Hills, and through our partnership with state and federal agencies we work to connect local communities to a variety of resources focused on support environmental preservation and conservation efforts.

Clean Ohio

Buckeye Hills serves as liaison to District 18 of the Ohio Public Works Commission and the Clean Ohio program. The Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program helps to fund preservation of open spaces, sensitive ecological areas, and stream corridors.

The Clean Ohio program is dedicated to environmental conservation including:

  • acquisition of green space

  • the protection of rivers and stream corridors

  • the enhancement of rivers and stream corridors

Eligible projects for the Clean Ohio program include:

  • habitat protection for rare, threatened, or endangered species

  • preservation of high-quality wetlands and other scare natural resources

  • preservation of streamside forests, natural stream channels, functioning floodplains, and other natural features of Ohio’s waterways

  • comprehensive open space planning

  • securing easements to protect stream corridors

  • enhancement of ecotourism and economic development related to outdoor recreation in economically-challenged areas

  • pedestrian or bicycle passageways between natural areas and preserves

  • reduction or elimination of nonnative, invasive plant and animal species

  • providing safe areas for fishing, hunting, and trapping in a manner that provides a balanced ecosystem

Grant recipients agree to maintain the properties in perpetuity so that they can be enjoyed and cherished for generations to come. Applications are received and reviewed by the Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC). The membership roster on NRAC is linked below.

To visit the official website for Clean Ohio, click here.

To learn about Buckeye Hills’ Clean Ohio program click below.

Brownfield Revitalization

A Brownfield is a real property - the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of - which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. In partnership with a variety of state and federal agencies, Buckeye Hills staff can connect property owners and municipal leaders to a variety of resources, all focused on revitalizing Brownfields in southeast Ohio.

  • Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant will provide funding to assess and clean up BUSTR Class C sites (underground storage tanks with documented petroleum releases).

  • Assessment Grants provide funding for Brownfield inventories, planning, environmental assessments, and community outreach.

  • Clean Up Grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites owned by the applicant.

  • Environmental Assessment funds provide loans up to $500,000 for Phase II Environmental Assessments.

  • Environmental Cleanup funds provide loans up to $5,000,000 for environment cleanup, including demolition associated with the cleanup of hazardous substances, asbestos, lead-based paint, and petroleum.

  • The Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) program provides property assessment services at no cost to eligible applicants. Typical services include Phase I environmental site assessment, asbestos surveys, geophysical surveys, and limited or supplemental phase II property assessment.

  • Technical Assistance for the Voluntary Action Program funds cover costs associated with Voluntary Action Program (VAP) technical assistance, such as guidance on technical or legal issues related to potential No Further Action (NFA) letters and review pre-NFA letters.