Farmland preservation meeting slated


Staff report



A northwest Ohio land conservation organization will host a small group meeting in Delta to discuss the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s farmland preservation program.

Black Swamp Conservancy will hold the meeting featuring Chris Collier, its conservation manager, for interested landowners at Delta 109, 214 W. Main St.

The Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program is operated by the Department of Agriculture. A farmland owner sells his development rights through a legal document called an agricultural easement, a three-party voluntary land conservation agreement of the landowner, the Department of Agriculture, and BSC. Agricultural easements require that the current owner and all future owners of the property use the land mostly for farming, in perpetuity.

Farmland owners in northwest Ohio who are interested in the AEPP program can only apply for the funding through BSC. For the 2016 funding round, BSC will be accepting applications from Fulton, Hancock, Lucas, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wood counties.

For more information, visit www.blackswamp.org or contact Chris Collier at ccollier@blackswamp.org.

Staff report