Nearly 200 Acres Permanently Conserved in Portage County Through Partnership with Western Reserve Land Conservancy

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Possible opportunities listed by Craycroft include hiking, fishing, kayaking, picnicking, primitive camping and educational programming. The public can stay up to date on the planning process by visiting the park district’s website and signing up for the e-newsletter.

Funding for the project was generously provided by the Ohio EPA through the Water Resource Restoration Sponsorship Program (WRRSP). The conservation project was sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD).

The goal of WRRSP is to counter the loss of ecological function and biological diversity that jeopardize the health of Ohio’s water resources. Szell said the WRRSP “is an extremely valuable funding source” to protect natural resource-rich properties like this one. “Many thanks for NEORSD’s continued efforts to improve water quality within our region and support of land protection efforts that advance water quality benefits,” Szell added.

Organizations, like NEORSD, can pursue low-interest rate-loans from the Ohio EPA Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) for planning, design or construction of wastewater, sewer and storm-water infrastructure projects. These organizations and municipalities have the opportunity to further improve water quality by sponsoring a WRRSP project that addresses nonpoint source pollution through the protection or restoration of streams and wetlands.

About the Portage Park District

Portage Park District conserves important natural areas and creates parks and trails for public use and enjoyment. It manages over 1,870 acres of land and 14 miles of hike and bike trail, connecting communities across Portage County. Learn more at Portage Park District.

About Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides the people of our region with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. The Land Conservancy has preserved natural areas and working farms in 17 counties in northern and eastern Ohio. Its urban program, Thriving Communities, works statewide to clean and green urban centers devastated by the foreclosure crisis. To date, the Land Conservancy has permanently preserved more than 670 properties and more than 50,000 acres; created more than 140 public parks and preserves; led the efforts to create 41 county land banks across Ohio; and planted more than 3,500 trees in the city of Cleveland.

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