The Black Swamp Conservancy (the “Conservancy”) is seeking proposals for three design-build wetland and stream restoration projects in northwest Ohio, funded by Ohio DNR with H2Ohio funds.
Black Swamp Conservancy protects more than 19,000 acres on 145 properties in Northwest Ohio. The diverse habitats we protect are also home to more than 60 rare, threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna, a few of which are highlighted on the chart below.
H2Ohio, a new environmental program recently established by the state, aims to change all that. The centerpiece of this program is a fund – approximately $900 million – that will help address critical water quality needs and support innovative solutions to some of the state’s most pressing water challenges over the next 10 years.
This past spring, Michael Schiewer of Herbaceous, ltd. – the first participant in our Food & Farm Initiative – began operations on Conservancy land. As the winds begin to chill and herb beds are put to rest for the winter, we spoke with Mike about his experiences this season.
Land trusts like Black Swamp Conservancy partner with the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation and landowners to establish agricultural easements that keep farmland under private ownership and protect it against future non‐agricultural development.
Everyone who lives in Bowling Green, Ohio has a park within 1.5 miles of their home. It’s a point of pride for the city, especially for the Parks and Recreation Department, which has worked diligently for many years to create open spaces that appeal to the many recreational interests of the community.
“John, please be careful…,” Molly Chester calls to her husband from off-camera as he approaches a Highland cow on their farm in the California countryside. In 2011, with a dream of harvesting in harmony with nature and their dog Todd in tow, the couple left their jobs and city life to start Apricot Lane Farms.