As we wind down another year at the Three ValleyConservation Trust, I am constantly reminded of Thanksgiving.As with each of the last seven years, it istime for us to give thanks for the outstanding support youhave given the Three Valley Conservation Trust and tome through your hard work, commitment, dedication, and
The Trust was quite fortunate to have had a fewmajor gifts, which, combined with your membership,our Benefactors, small grants, and our outstandingvolunteer organizing for the various Trust fundraisersand “friendraisers,” helped the Trust meet its 2008 basicexpenses. Don Streit, Dick Sollmann and Pat Dupps weretremendous event chairs who devoted their year to theTrust. We are very excited about new friends and partnerswith great energy and ideas, and look for new volunteer efforts to help us grow.I am proud of our staff, Development Director Lawrence
Leahy and Ofce Manager Mary Glasmeier; our Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator Lois Nelson; and
our interns, most recently Carl Davis and now Jennifer Prather, for their very professional achievements. I amgrateful for the superb leadership of the most amazingBoard of Trustees I’ve ever had the pleasure of associatingwith. The guidance of Chairman Frank House andthe Executive Committee have provided more than
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governance and policymaking; they
have also provided the heavy liftingand integrity to help move thisorganization from good to excellent.Our long-standing Board heroes and leadership teammembers Liz Woedl (long-time Board Chair), CatherineHollins, and Jerry Stanley are stepping down for a well-deserved break. New committee chairs Ray Arlinghaus andSteve Gordon have stepped forward, and stronger policiesand procedures have been adopted to keep us strong and
protect our vitality. Our stellar Lois Nelson and our terric
Monitoring team have somehow kept us current on our responsibilities on 72 easements.Our unsung partners in federal, state, county, townshipand municipal government, OSU Extension, Soil & Water
Conservation ofces, and park districts (notably Five
Rivers Metroparks and Butler Metroparks, along withPreble County Park District) have contributed expertise,letters of cooperation and support, important thinkingand collaboration, and in the case of Five Rivers, fundingsupport for land conservation. We thank the US NaturalResources Conservation Service, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Ohio Public Works Commission for the land conservation pass-through grants that will enableus to near the 10,000-acre mark next month.
Three Valley Conservation Trust joins with other landconservation groups throughout Ohio in recognizing the
benets that will come from Ohio’s voters overwhelmingly
approving permanent extension of the Clean Ohio Fund by a margin of 69% to 31%. Clean Ohio renewal ensurescontinued protection of our environment and revitalizationefforts for Ohio’s economy.Clean Ohio renewal does not raise taxes while making$100 million per year available for these essential programs. The Clean Ohio Fund makes $50 million
available for continued rehabilitation of urban browneld
sites, $37.5 million for greenspace conservation and$6.25 million each for recreational trails and farmland preservation.
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Clean Ohio was rst approved by Ohio voters in 2000. Since
2002, it has funded projects in all of Ohio’s 88 counties, preserved 26,000 acres of farmland, 26,000 acres of naturalareas and 216 miles of recreational
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