Projects in Athens and Hocking counties receive funding from the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB) — Projects in Athens and Hocking counties were named among several across the state to receive grants to help with conservation protecting the region’s natural beauty.

The Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) announced Monday that the Athens Conservancy and the Appalachia Ohio Alliance received a combined $474,568 from the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program.

A press release from the OPWC states the program is dedicated to environmental conservation including acquisition of green space and the protection and enhancement of rivers and streams.

The Athens Conservancy‘s Strouds Run Connector project was awarded $74,850 to help connect the park with other recreational lands.

The Appalachia Ohio Alliance‘s Gerber and BTG Additions to Sal/ Queer Creek Conservation Corridor project received $399,718 to help expand the more than 15,750 acres the group currently conserves.

Five other projects from around the state also received funding from the OPWC’s fourth quarter project awards.

A list of conservancy grants issued by the OPWC.
“These projects which total nearly 700 acres of land provide for positive and needed environmental impacts such as wildlife and pollinator habitat and protection of several high-quality streams,” said OPWC Director Linda Bailiff. “We are proud to continue to add to a portfolio of protected properties that promote healthy living.”

Grant recipients agree to maintain the properties in perpetuity so they can persist for future generations.