Grants Provide Funding For Conservation Efforts In Athens County

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As part of it work to carry out Ora Anderson’s vision of preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of this region, the Ora E. Anderson Conservation Fund has awarded two grants totaling over $6,700 for conservation efforts taking place in Athens County.

The Raccoon Creek Partnership received a $4,400 grant to support its mission of conservation, stewardship, and restoration for a healthier stream and community. The funds will allow the organization to purchase chemical water quality equipment, biological water quality monitoring equipment, signage for access points along the water trail, and kayaks for public floats and stream cleanup efforts.

The Friends of Strouds Run State Park received a $2,360 grant to conduct water quality sampling of Dow Lake and the streams that feed into the lake over the next 2 years. The organization is working to establish baseline statistics of water quality in this system.

“We’re excited to be able to support such important projects,” said Jean Andrews, Ora E. Anderson Conservation Fund Committee Member. “We’re happy to see Ora’s legacy living on in projects like these that embody his dedication to our environment and the joys of being outdoors.”

The Ora E. Anderson Conservation Fund was established at FAO in 2007 to honor the memory of highly regarded naturalist Ora Anderson and is a permanent source of charitable funding for conservation activities and programs in the areas of watershed restoration, sustainable forest practices, and promotion of the region’s cultural and environmental history.