Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts Recognized for Leading Successful Advocacy for $200 Million in State Funding to Conserve Land and Water Across Ohio
Members of the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts receiving the Conservation Movers and Shakers Award, presented by the Land Trust Alliance Midwest Program. L-R: Don Wiper, Past board chair, Licking Land Trust (OH) and COLT Steering Committee Member, Carolyn W
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Krista D. Magaw
Executive Director, Techumseh Land Trust (OH)
COLT Education Chair
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Past board chair, Licking Land Trust (OH)
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HOLLAND, MI -- The Land Trust Alliance Midwest Program presented today the Conservation Movers and Shakers Award to the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts (COLT) Steering Committee for the Coalition's exemplary contributions to restore, protect and connect Ohio's Natural and Urban Areas.
Presented at the Land Trust Alliance 2014 Midwest Land Conservation Conference held in Holland, Michigan, April 8-10, COLT was honored for advocating to secure $200 million in state funding in for the Clean Ohio Fund.
COLT joined with farmers, citizens and conservation groups to secure the state’s commitment to ensure clean water, farmland protection and the revitalization of urban centers. Ohio citizens first voted for funding the Clean Ohio Fund in 2000 and overwhelmingly voted to renew it in 2008. As a major public-private partnership, COLT, The Nature Conservancy of Ohio, the Trust for Public Land, The Ohio Environmental Council and other partners successfully championed Governor Kasich and State Representatives Tim Derickson and Ron Amstutz in securing bond funding for Clean Ohio with strong bipartisan support.
COLT’s efforts also resulted in last week’s successful passage of an additional $100 million in state bonding for farmland preservation, open space conservation and multi-use trail construction. This renewed investment maintains the state’s unprecedented $100M investment in clean water and protection of natural areas in the 2012-13 biennium capital budget.
The award recipients are known for their leadership and for creating a grand-scale impact on behalf of the conservation community. COLT is a volunteer, statewide coalition that provides resources to assist Ohio's land trusts conserve even more of the state's farmland, woodlands and natural areas. In its work, COLT assists each land trust in building organizational capacity and supports community-based efforts, statewide, to conserve private land and create greater public access to natural areas.
Receiving the award, on behalf of the COLT Steering Committee was Krista Magaw, Executive Director, Tecumseh Land Trust (Yellow Springs, Ohio) and Education Chair of COLT, and Don Wiper, past chair, Licking Land Trust (Granville, Ohio), member of COLT steering committee.
"COLT sincerely thanks Ohio Governor John R. Kasich and the members of the Ohio General Assembly for their support to secure, for all Ohioans, the assurance of open space conservation, farmland preservation, access to outdoor recreation, clean water and brownfield revitalization," said Krista Magaw.
Don Wiper added, "We are honored to be recognized for our work in marshalling financial security for the Clean Ohio Fund long-term, which provides major funding through state bonds for open space, trails and the purchase of agricultural easements. I extend thanks to the Alliance for the support when we needed it and to all of the conservation organizations who have joined with us to conserve open space in Ohio."
Land trusts throughout the Great Lakes region have implemented inventive conservation programs. The 2014 Midwest Land Conservation Conference highlighted many of these initiatives with sessions focused on the theme of Connecting Communities to Land and Water. Through the conference, the Land Trust Alliance provided an opportunity to meet with conservation innovators from across the region to seek advice, share ideas and benefit from cross-pollination on urgent and important issues that are directly impacting the Midwest land trust community.
Known as community-based conservation organizations, land trusts are formed by local citizens to acquire and protect land for the benefit of their community. Strong land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources. There are more than 1,700 land trusts in the nation working to secure fresh food, clean water, clear air, places to recreate, and to keep family farms and ranches in in the family.
Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts is the Land Trust Alliance State Association in Ohio. Since its inception, in 2004, COLT has worked to: 1) Enhance the technical knowledge of Ohio land trusts through training and peer-to-peer networking; 2) Increase land trusts' implementation of Land Trust Standards and Practices through land trust organizational assessments; and, 3) Advance critical state and federal land conservation policy initiatives and legislation, such as property tax reform, and renewal of the Clean Ohio Fund, in partnership with other statewide groups such as Ohio League of Conservation Voters and Mainstream Green Coalition. www.ohiolandtrusts.org
About the Land Trust Alliance
The Alliance is a national conservation organization that works in three ways to save the places people love. First, we increase the pace of conservation, so more land and natural resources get protected. Second, we enhance the quality of conservation, so the most important lands get protected using the best practices in the business. And third, we ensure the permanence of conservation by creating the laws and resources needed to defend protected land over time. The Land Trust Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and has several regional offices. www.landtrustalliance.org | #allianceadvocacy