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Clean Ohio Committee Makes Recommendations, Seeks New Members

The Clean Ohio Fund has allocated $1,268,954 for the preservation of open space in Lucas County. The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) that administers the fund in Lucas County met at TMACOG April 23, 2014 to review applications for the fund. Five proposals were submitted. Based on the established methodology, the NRAC committee recommended funding projects in the following order:

1)
Metroparks - Oak Openings Expansion
$825,000
2)
Metroparks - Monclova Swamp Forest
$234,000
3)
Metroparks - Eber Barrens
$204,954
 
Total
$1,268,954

For any project approved, a 25 percent minimum local match is required.

Since 2001, Clean Ohio funds have returned nearly $8 million dollars to Lucas County for protecting more than 1,850 acres of open spaces and wetlands.

Nominations Invited
NRAC is inviting nominations to fill four vacancies, serving three-year terms. To be a candidate for a position on the NRAC committee, an applicant must be appointed by one of the following types of organizations:
• Local government
• Conservation or environmental organization
• Municipal park system or park district
• Business, realty, planning agency, or port authority
• Statewide organization representing agriculture or forestry
• Soil and Water Conservation District

One nominee must be a representative from the Business category; the others may be from any of these categories. NRAC service is voluntary without compensation.
Qualified candidates can submit applications to TMACOG until 5 p.m. June 6, 2014. Applicants should submit the completed nomination form, a resume, and letter from their organization in support of their nomination. The nomination form is posted at clean.ohio.gov. Contact Kurt Erichsen with any questions: 419.241.9155 ext. 126.


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