The mission of the Licking Land Trust is the preservation and permanent protection of central Ohio green spaces -- wetlands, woods, farmlands, riparian corridors, and scenic vistas-- and education about the importance of green spaces and their conservation, all for the public benefit.
And we have a winner! Raffle ticket #48, purchased by John Kessler of Granville, was the lucky draw on November 7 at the annual meeting of the Licking Land Trust. John and his spouse Eloise DeZwarte are now the proud owners of the painting, titled "Looking Ahead." Artist James Young (Kussmaul Gallery, Granville) created the oil on canvas depicting a farm in western Licking County, and donated it to the Land Trust for its raffle to raise funds for the organization's legal defense and stewardship funds. Licking Land Trust supporters from 14 states, the District of Columbia, and Bermuda purchased 777 tickets, raising a total of $6,000 from the event.
The Licking Land Trust (the Trust), organized in 1989, is dedicated to the protection and conservation of land deemed valuable to the public in and around Licking County.
- We are presently working with 25 land owners who are considering a conservation easement as a means to ensure their land is preserved for future generations.
- We conduct annual monitoring of over 1,000 acres of Trust-protected land in the Licking County area.
- We’re developing and implementing detailed standards and practices as we work towards obtaining national accreditation through the Land Trust Alliance.
- We’re conducting educational outreach through free quarterly hikes, the Trust newsletter, and participation in community events.
- We were awarded a grant to remove the concrete retaining wall and low-head dam to restore Salt Run to a more natural state at Spring Valley Nature Preserve. That project was completed in conjunction with Granville Township.
- The Trust has accepted land and conservation easements, protecting over 1,000 acres of land in Licking and Fairfield Counties.
- We wrote a grant to help purchase Spring Valley Nature Preserve with other local organizations to protect it as a natural area that can be enjoyed by the public.
- The Trust has worked to place acreage along the Raccoon Creek under a conservation easement. Protecting the land alongside this waterway protects water quality and prevents erosion of valuable soils.
- With other organizations, develop a plan to restore the Spring Valley Nature Preserve for use as a natural resource for the community.
- Continue our efforts to preserve land through education and through conservation and agricultural easements.
- Continue to protect water quality through conservation easements for properties along waterways.
- Obtain national accreditation through the Land Trust Alliance.