|Conservancy group kicks off campaign|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 13 May 2014 08:17|
PERRYSBURG - Black Swamp Conservancy, a northwest Ohio land conservation organization, to commemorate Earth Day recently kicked off an effort to expand community awareness and garner new support. The "Help Us Grow" campaign has a goal of raising $13,331 through new donors by the end of 2014. This total represents $1 for each of the 13,331 acres the Conservancy currently protects.
"We are fortunate to live in an area that values our diverse habitats and rich farmland" said Rob Krain, executive director of the Conservancy. "As a nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of the community, reaching out to new supporters is essential to our continued growth and expanding the impact of our work."
Black Swamp Conservancy works to protect agricultural land, woods, prairies and wetlands using perpetual land conservation agreements known as conservation easements. These agreements with landowners restrict the permitted uses in order to protect the property's natural resource value. The Conservancy does not take ownership of the land, but works with the landowner to ensure that the terms of the agreement are followed. Protected properties include family farms, Lake Erie wetlands, and public parks.
The Conservancy has leveraged a diverse collection of partners and community supporters to permanently protect a large portfolio of significant lands across northwest Ohio. This campaign will help to expand their network, and connect new supporters to their land conservation mission. The funds raised through "Help Us Grow" will go to support the Conservancy's annual operations.
The public is invited to learn more about Black Swamp Conservancy during one of their upcoming events including a Toledo Symphony concert on protected land on May 18 at Peninsular Farms, Fremont. Additional information can be found on the Conservancy website at www.BlackSwamp.org.
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