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.
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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 37 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 1,100 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 1,100 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.