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AOA Annual Campaign
As the holiday season approaches, the Directors and Staff of the Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) would like to thank you for your interest in and support of our conservation work. The generous contributions of our friends and neighbors enable us to preserve precious land and water resources, making a lasting difference in the sustainability and livability of our region.
The AOA year-end Annual Campaign helps raise some of the monies needed to carry out the numerous actions necessary to protect our valuable land and water resources. We are asking for your help, above and beyond normal membership dues, so that we can continue to fulfill this important mission. Together, we can ensure that our land is both an asset and a legacy for our community.
With your support we have succeeded in protecting many acres of very special natural lands, working family farms, scenic areas and heritage sites – with over 13,000 acres conserved so far. Our 2019 Year in Review which summarizes some of our accomplishments and activities during last year – including newly conserved lands and many exciting programs and projects. These are just some examples of how you have empowered AOA and why we need your ongoing support. Although we have achieved a great deal, I am sure you will agree that much more conservation is needed.
During the upcoming year we will work to complete a large number of very worthy conservation projects that we have in process, including the protection of several large properties in the Hocking Hills and along Big Darby Creek. We will also be collaborating with our partners on several major conservation initiatives that will increase conserved lands in Central and Southeastern Ohio – creating connectivity and reducing threats to our land and water resources and the many native species which rely on them.
As we celebrate another year of conservation achievement, your financial support is critical to our continued conservation success,. We ask you to consider a special year-end gift to our Annual Campaign fund to help strengthen our capacity to better conserve and steward more lands. We will gladly accept charitable gifts in any amount. Please feel free to contact us if you want to volunteer or contribute to our conservation efforts in another way.
Thank you in advance for your support – we very much appreciate your generosity. I hope that you are as excited as I am about our future and will join us as we strive to make our conserved lands a community asset that we can all be proud of.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and the coming new year.
Your Friends at the Appalachia Ohio Alliance
AOA Adds Key Property to Scioto River Flyway Corridor
Protection and restoration of the Fleming Bend property continues AOA’s ongoing and successful efforts to protect and restore the Lower Scioto River and its tributaries as part of our Scioto River Flyway Corridor Initiative. This 309-acre property which protects 13,880 linear feet of riparian floodplain is an important addition to the corridor. Located in central Pickaway County, immediately west of downtown Circleville, the Fleming Bend site lies on a large bend in the Scioto River. It includes a 50-acre island surrounded by river channel.
The Fleming Bend addition project is being undertaken with Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program monies designated for protection and restoration of high-quality steams and wetlands in Ohio. This project is administered by the Ohio Department of Environmental Protection (OEPA) which recently completed an environmental assessment process for the project. A complete copy of the environmental documents may be found here. The City of Columbus’ Lower Olentangy Tunnel WPCLF loan project is the municipal sponsor for this property.
AOA Moves Forward with Big Darby Creek Conservation
Over 285 Acres to be Added
AOA is working to add new properties to AOA’s Big Darby Creek Conservation Corridor in Pickaway County. Big Darby Creek is a National and State designated Scenic River that is recognized as “one of the most biologically diverse aquatic systems in the Midwest”. It is home to 38 known state and federally listed species, including numerous freshwater mussels and fish.
These properties will be conserved with funding from the Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program, which seeks to protect and restore high-quality streams and wetlands in Ohio. This program is administered by the Ohio Department of Environmental Protection which recently completed a limited environmental assessment process for the Big Darby Creek Conservation Corridor Additions project. A complete copy of the environmental documents may be found here. AOA’s new Big Darby conservation properties are being sponsored by the City of Columbus’ Lower Olentangy Tunnel WPCLF loan project.
2019 Year in Review
Thanks to your support 2019 was another very successful year for land and water conservation. AOA celebrated the conservation of 16 new properties totaling over 1,400 acres. These included 665 acres in the Paint Creek corridor, 200 acres along Big Darby Creek and over 260 acres in the Hocking Hills, key AOA initiative focuses.
Check out our most recent activities and accomplishments in our most recent Year in Review. If you would like to receive a hard copy via mail, please contact AOA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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