Approved Projects for Round 14 of the Clean Ohio Program

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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 supporting environmental preservation and conservation efforts.

Through the Clean Ohio program, we help to fund the preservation of open spaces, sensitive ecological areas, and stream corridors in our region. As the District 18 Liaison for this program, we review applications and make recommendations for awards for Athens, Belmont, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, and Washington counties.

In May 2019, the Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) approved three projects for funding, totaling $897,900 invested in the conservation of the region.


Bison Hollow preserve Additions

Project County: Hocking

Project Applicant: Appalachia Ohio Alliance - Hocking Hills Conservation Initiative

Total Project Cost: $760,000

Total Grant Approved for Funding: $507,000

Project Description: The Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) is proposing to acquire two properties to expand the Bison Hollow Preserve. Both of these sites include critical components of the primary Black-hand sandstone gorge and are the top two target properties for protecting the unique natural resources in this area and for enlarging the core Preserve.


Lohse Preserve Ransom Tract

Project County: Athens

Project Applicant: Athens Conservancy

Total Project Cost: $144,900

Total Grant Approved for Funding: $108,900

Project Description: This project includes acquisition of a key parcel for the Mary Beth Zak Lohse Preserve. It will protect an important portion of the watershed and streams within the Strouds Run Watershed, and will also protect the beaver pond/wetlands complex on the property. Project protects and allows for public access and enjoyment of a closed-canopy forest above the wetland area that includes rock outcrops, a secluded valley, and vernal pools in the valley floor. This acquisition will allow for a comprehensive hiking trail network to and from existing Preserves which will allow visitors to experience a secluded valley with mature forest, active beaver pond wetlands, exposed rock formations, and a wilderness-like experience within a few miles of Athens.


Zeisler - Nicholas CE Addition

Project County: Hocking

Project Applicant: Appalachia Ohio Alliance - Hocking Hills Conservation Initiative

Total Project Cost: $376,000

Total Grant Approved for Funding: $282,000

Project Description: The Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) is proposing to permanently protect two parcels in the Hocking Hills through the purchase of a conservation easement (CE) that restricts the use of the property and protects conservation values in the public interest. Conservation of this site will help infill protected land in a portion of the Hocking Hills with a concentration of scenic features and other conserved properties. This site is a part of AOA’s Greater Hocking Hills Conservation Initiative and will be an addition to the many properties in the Hocking Hills Region protected by AOA and other compatible organizations. AOA is presently stewarding 48 conservation properties in this area including 33 easements.


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