[Article] Logan County Land Trust to hold annual meeting

From Weekly Currents

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.