Our Mission

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.  

Thank you to our Harvest 5K Sponsors and Participants!

Silver Level Sponsors

Big "O" Refuse

The Energy Cooperative

Bronze Level Sponsors

Coughlin Chevrolet of Pataskala

Denison University

Havens Limited

Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter

Kendal at Granville

Reese, Pyle, Drake & Meyer P.L.L.

Willison Investment Strategies

In-Kind Sponsors

Albyn's Landscape and Nursery

Annie's Homegrown

Bon Appetit

Brown Distributing


Dick's Sporting Goods

Giant Eagle

Kussmaul Gallery

Licking Memorial Health Systems

McPeek-Hoekstra Funeral Home

River Road Coffeehouse


The Soup Loft

Susan Miller Photography


Trader Joe's of Easton

VO2 Fitness

Welsh Hills School

The Wilds

The Works

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.

Current Projects:

  • 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. 


 Future Goals:

  • 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.