Rise UP!

Members of the Logan County Land Trust (LCLT) working with Benjamin Logan School and the Environmental Club to construct raised beds for raising vegetables at the school for school lunches and teaching healthy living.  

 

 

Pics by Cheryl Erwin while the group was working.  

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Annual Accomplishments

Seasons Greetings from Logan County Land Trust,

2018 Update Key Points:

 

★      Protected acres grow to 2525, covering 15 individual easements with two more easements to close in 2018 which will add another 450 acres.

★      Community meetings held on wise land use education, promoting healthy soils and water quality and preserving the historic and important lands of our community.

★      Completing 14 years of operation with an all volunteer board.   Land trust monies used for land preservation, community programming and legal defense fund.

 

Notable Accomplishments from 2018

 

➔      January through July the Board members worked intensively to secure two new applicants for the Agricultural Easement Program (each application entails  50-100 hours of volunteer time to prepare).

➔      We applied for two grants this year and were awarded one of them through the Milroy Foundation. 

➔      Spring of 2018 kicked off of our Youth Education Program by partnering with Benjamin Logan Science teachers Bruce Smith and Spencer Reames.  Elementary, middle school and high school students applied what they had learned about invasive plants and their impact on native habitat in real situations.  Hands-on projects were completed at Hall Fawcett Park in Zanesfield and with Myreeha Nature Preserve.   The Logan County Land Trust believes that these minds are our future. 

➔      Early September, hosted an educational event at the Tom and Nancy Smith farm. This program featured three experts including Frank Gibbs, Dave Brandt and Jay Brandt all speaking on Cover Crops and Soil Health.  Aaron Heilers- Project Manager for the Blanchard River Watershed Demonstration also gave an informative talk on current watershed progress and programs.   This event was enjoyed by over 40 participants and dinner was provided by “Hippie and the Farmer” catering.

➔             The Logan County Land Trust and the Logan County Historical Society hosted a meeting on

       “ Logan County Archaeology” on  November 15th  at the Logan County Historical Society.

       Jarrod Burks- Archeologist was the speaker. 

 

“I have heard from many of you that the beautiful landscapes, wooded streams, scenic timbered hillsides is why we love Logan County.  We must take a stand to protect those views and scenes for future generations to cherish and respect,” says Bob Stoll, President of the LCLT.

  

Our goal is to continue to protect lands in all parts of the county in order to maintain and improve our rural environment, improve water quality, establish wildlife habitat and improve the agricultural climate of our county.   

ODA Announces Easements

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES 2018 LOCAL AGRICULTURAL EASEMENTS APPROVED FOR PURCHASE REYNOLDSBURG, OH (June 11, 2018) –

 

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) today announced approval for local sponsors to purchase agricultural easements on 51 family farms representing 6,107 acres in 22 counties. Local sponsoring organizations, which include land trusts, counties and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, receive funding from the Clean Ohio Fund to manage the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). The easement ensures farms remain permanently in agricultural production. The program supports the state’s largest industry, food and agriculture.

To be eligible for the program, farms must be larger than 40 acres or next to a preserved farm, actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program, demonstrate good stewardship of the land, have support from local government and not be in close proximity to development. Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish, but most reinvest it in their farm operation.

Communities wishing to participate next year can apply to be Certified Local Sponsors between August 21 and October 12, 2018. Certified Local Sponsors assist landowners interested in selling easements with the application process, easement closing and monitoring, and are ODA’s valued partners in carrying out the Ohio Farmland Preservation program. Funding for the state’s farmland preservation efforts is derived from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, approved by voters in 2008, and used to purchase agricultural easements from willing sellers through a competitive process. From 2002 to 2017, 340 family farms in 58 counties have collectively preserved 59,165 acres in agricultural production. Permanent easements preserved under related programs bring the total acres currently preserved in Ohio to 69,514.

For more information visit: agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/programs/farmland-preservation-office

Youth Programming

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LCLT has partnered with Benjamin Logan teachers Bruce Smith and Spencer Reames organizing an Environmental  club.   Our first program was at the Mad River and teaching about invasive species such as Bush Honeysuckle and the impact invasive plants have on native plants and animals.   The group of elementary-middle and high school students with some parents too worked along the river clearing invasive plants along the Mad River in the Hall Fawcett Park. 

 

The next session will be about native hardwood trees and proper selection of trees along with planting techniques.  

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2018 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting was held March 6 @ The Mary Rutan Urgent Care

 

Directors and Advisors present: Derreck Dillon, Becky Hoffman, Greg Knight, Darin Olson,
Tom Smith, Bob Stoll, Darin Olson, Bill Verbsky, Chris Westhoff, Renee Winner and Louise Dunham.
Dave Gulden, Advisor and George Feltham and Doug Ritchey, Directors were absent. There were 18 guests in
attendance.
Guests and the LCLT Board enjoyed appetizers and drinks before Chad Ross, a Mary Rutan Hospital representative, talked to the group about the completion of this project and future plans. Chad then led the group on a tour of this new facility.  Bob Stoll, LCLT President, opened the meeting by asking the LCLT Directors to introduce themselves.  Everyone in attendance was asked to introduce themselves and indicate their interest in the LCLT as well. Those
in attendance that were interested in obtaining an easement were reminded that applications need to be filed by January 15, 2019.

Bob Stoll presented a list of the 2017's LCLT activities. The list includes

39 members as of this date.
12 easements totaling 2,500 acres with another 1,000 acres being processed.
Hosting a community educational session about Timber Frame barns in
conjunction with the Logan County Historical Society.
Sponsoring an educational Cover Crop Session at Tom Smith's farm.
Participating in the Logan County Drive It Yourself Tour & giving away trees
Distributing a summer newsletter featuring the Schlumbohm's easements
Presenting information at the local ag commodity banquets
Obtaining a $4,000 Milroy Foundation Grant
Obtaining a Farm Bureau Grant
Hosting a community educational session about Land Use Planning
Continuing to hold educational sessions for LCLT Board members
Sponsoring a Logan County Fair Photo Contest featuring farm life
Creating a new LCLT Display Board


The Nominating Committee consisting of Tom Smith and Greg Knight indicated that there were 4 Directors
up for re-election...Bob Stoll, Renee Winner, Becky Hoffman and Darin Olson. Since both Becky and Darin had
declined nominations for another term, Greg and Tom placed the names of Andrea Dicke and Bruce Smith on the
election ballot. Bill Verbsky moved to elect Bob Stoll, Renee Winner, Andrea Dicke and Bruce Smith as LCLT
Directors. Louise seconded it and these motion was passed with no dissenting votes.
The Nominating Committee also presented this slate of officers for 2018: Bob Stoll, President; Renee
Winner, Vice President; Louise Dunham, Secretary, and Andrea Dicke as Treasurer. Bill moved to elect these
individuals as 2018 officers and Becky seconded it. The motion was passed again with no dissenting votes.
At this time, Bob Stoll presented Darin Olson and Becky Hoffman with gift certificates in appreciation for
their efforts during their time serving on the Board.
After having a brief question and answer session, Tom moved to adjourn the meeting and Darin seconded
it. The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 pm.

[Article] Logan County Land Trust to hold annual meeting

From Weekly Currents
http://weeklycurrents.com/news/1343/logan-county-land-trust-to-hold-annual-meeting

The Logan County Land Trust (LCLT) will hold the annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 7, at the Logan County Electric Cooperative, 1587 N. county Road 32, Bellefontaine.

The Trust will report on the success in permanently preserving farmland in Logan County. Paul Benedetti, president/CEO of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, will be the featured speaker.

Current members will elect directors for a three-year term ending 2019. Nominations may be made from the floor. Directors serve as volunteers and shall be current members of the Trust. Light refreshments will be served.

Annual dues are $10 for individuals and family and $100 for businesses. An individual or family may also opt to join for $60, $50 of which is a tax-deductible contribution to the LCLT.

The LCLT is a Certified Local Sponsor of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) and the USDA-NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Since 2004 the Trust has sponsored county landowners who make application to the programs. The programs allow landowners to voluntarily sell easements on their farms to the state and USDA. The easement requires the farm remain permanently in agricultural production.

The Logan County Land Trust is a local nonprofit organization that works with private landowners to preserve agricultural and natural lands in Logan County. The landowners continue to own and manage their land, and can sell or pass it on to their heirs. No matter who owns the land, though, a permanent conservation easement will assure that conservation values remain protected – prime and productive soils, water resources and high quality habitat.

For the 2015 round of funding, LCLT has offered easement purchase on three farms in Logan County totaling 309.6 acres; the three easement purchases will total $492,485. For the 2016 round of funding, LCLT has been allocated $322,325 in state funding and a potential match of $644,650 in USDA-NRCS ACEP funding.

Interested landowners must return an Intent To Apply Form and return it to the LCLT by Monday, February 15, 2016. An Intent To Apply Form can be requested from directors Bob Stoll, 937-935-7505; Doug Ritchey, 937-407-1214; Renee Winner, 937-539-2308; Louise Dunham, 937-666-2046. Directors will also be able to answers questions about the program.

[Article] Land Trust can help preserve farms

From Weekly Currents
http://weeklycurrents.com/news/721/land-trust-can-help-preserve-farms

The Logan County Land Trust (LCLT) will begin the process of selecting interested landowners who meet the qualifications for the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) through Feb. 15, 2016. If interested in learning to maintain your farm for future generations and to protect the beautiful landscapes of Logan County this may be a meeting that you will want to attend.

The Land Trust will host a public meeting on Monday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Logan County Electric Cooperative Building at 1587 County Road 32 North, Bellefontaine. Interested landowners are asked to RSVP with Bob Stoll – LCLT at 937-935-7505 or Louise Dunham LCLT- at 937-407-4062 before Nov. 6.

The Logan County Land Trust directors will be the featured speakers and will detail program requirements, easement terms and protections, the application process and timeline, and funding available. There will be current Logan County easement holders at this meeting who will talk about their experience placing easements on their land. ODA’s and LCLT’s donation programs will also be covered. The speakers and LCLT Board members will be available after the presentations to individually answer questions landowners may have. There will be light refreshments provided.

The LCLT will complete a precertification scoring of qualified applicants. The LCLT will select the landowners with the highest precertification scores and aid them in completing applications to be submitted to the Ohio Department of Agriculture and USDA NRCS for the purchase of their agricultural easement. The deadline for submitting completed applications to ODA and USDA NRCS is April 15, 2016.

Landowners interested in inquiring about or applying to the programs and who are unable to attend the public meeting are asked to contact Bob Stoll or Louise Dunham at the above mentioned phone numbers prior to Dec. 1.

Landowners who want to apply for an agricultural easement must complete and file an “Intent to Apply” form with the LCLT on or before Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. Forms will be made available at the public meeting or by contacting Mr. Stoll or Ms. Dunham.

The LAEPP and ACEP programs allow landowners to voluntarily sell easements on their farms to the state and USDA. The easement requires the farm remain permanently in agricultural production. Selected farms must be actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program, demonstrated good stewardship of the land, have support from local government and not be in close proximity to development. Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish, but most reinvest it in their farm operation.

The Logan County Land Trust is a local nonprofit organization that works with private landowners to preserve agricultural and natural land in Logan County and surrounding areas. The landowners continue to own and manage their land, and can sell it or pass it on to their heirs. No matter who owns the land, though, a permanent conservation easement will assure that conservation values remain protected – prime and productive soils, water resources, and high quality habitat.

For more information on both programs go to www.agri.ohio.gov/farmland and www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements/farmranch.

If you have questions please contact Bob Stoll – LCLT @ 937-935-7505 or Louise Dunham LCLT @ 937-407-4062 or Doug Ritchey, LCLT board member at 937-407-1214.

[Article] Logan County Land Trust discusses its function

By Nate Dunham
From Peak of Ohio
http://www.peakofohio.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=5&id=169290#.V3QQKJMrL1I

The Logan County Land Trust conducted its annual meeting at the Logan County Cooperative Monday.

The land trust promotes wise land use in Logan County. The group also promotes and undertakes agricultural easements within the county. This allows individuals who either donate their land or work through various programs through the Ohio Department of Agricultural or the U.S. Department of Agricultural to place their farms in a Permanent Perpetual Agricultural Easement. Land trust monitors and looks after the land to make sure the easement is carried out.

The Logan County Land Trust monitors nine easements and holds educational events about what the land trust does and its benefits. The local land trust also promotes a photography category at the Logan County Fair.

The board elected two new directors during the meeting. Dr. Bill Verbsky and Becky Hoffman joined the board.

The local land trust will also be hosting the Directors of Farmland Preservation at the Winner Family Farm on June 3rd. The group will meet and approve the allocation of state funds to land trusts around the state. The local land trust plans to provide a Logan County-raised meal to the directors.

Joel Penhorwood was the guest speaker. He spoke about the proper way to speak to consumers about agriculture. He also talked about how agriculture has to change to meet the demands of the world. The world’s population is expected to increase by 2.6 billion people by 2050.

FULL ARTICLE (WITH VIDEO & AUDIO)