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Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC)

In 2000, Ohio voters approved the Clean Ohio Fund to return tax dollars to local communities for the protection of the environment. These funds have been used for open space acquisition, and to protect and enhance riparian corridors and watersheds. Each Clean Ohio Fund district has a committee that evaluates local applications for the Clean Ohio grants. In Lucas County, TMACOG manages that committee: the Natural Resources Assistance Council for District 12 (NRAC/12).
For Rounds 10 and 11 in 2015-6, the Clean Ohio Fund provided $3,144,471 for nonprofit organizations to acquire open space for preservation, either by purchase or permanent conservation easement. For any project approved, a 25 percent minimum local match is required.

NRAC ROUND 10 & 11 Awarded Projects 2015/2016
Total Cost
Clean Ohio Share
Metroparks -Raab Road
Metroparks - Blue Creek
Metroparks - East Riverfront Restoration Phase 1

We anticipate that approximately $1.2 million in grant funds will be available for the new Round 12 grants. The deadline for those proposals will be March 16, 2018. Please contact TMACOG for details.

The Round 12 projects continue NRAC’s goal of protecting and restoring Lucas County habitat — with all its benefits to clean water, clean air, and wildlife, and native plant species. The Round 10-11 projects preserve 251 acres of Lucas County.

>>Clean Ohio Fund FACT Sheet

NRAC Application Documents
NRAC District 12 Applicant Information NEW
NRAC District 12 Fact Sheet NEW
Clean Ohio Conservation Fund Application and Instructions for Financial Assistance
District 12 Natural Resources Assistance Council Scoring Methodology 2018 NEW
Glossary of Terms for Clean Ohio Conservation Fund Application and Methodology
NRAC District 12 Methodology Review (.ppt presentation.) NEW

NRAC Round 12 Meeting Notices 2017/2018

>>June 22, 2017 Agenda & Minutes

>>November 2, 2017 Agenda & Minutes

>>December 6, 2017 Agenda & Minute

>>Meeting Archive NEW

NRAC in Lucas County
Clean Ohio funds have returned more than $9 million dollars to Lucas County for protecting over 1900 acres of
open spaces and wetlands

Most projects in Lucas County have been completed. A project is the Howard Farms Land Acquisition. The Metroparks of the Toledo Area plans to preserve 958 acres just west of the Metzger Marsh State Wildlife Area in Jerusalem Township and restore it to marsh.
Photos from the Lake Erie marshes show the desired outcome for the Howard Farms property.
-The Olander Park System used Clean Ohio funds for the Herr Road oak savanna and wetland.


About the NRAC Committee
Each Ohio district has an 11-member Natural Resources Assistance Council. Members of the district NRAC were chosen from among organizations with expertise in conservation, natural resource protection, parks and recreation, real estate development, and environmental protection. The NRAC is responsible for receiving applications and deciding how to allocate grants from the Clean Ohio Fund, based on uniform statewide criteria.

Natural Resources Assistance Council

Sara Guiher
Water Quality Planner
District 12 NRAC Liaison
300 Dr Martin Luther King Dr
Toledo, OH 43604

Rick Bryan, Chairman
Lucas SWCD
130-A W Dudley St
Maumee, OH 43537

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>>NRAC District 12
    Historical Project List

>>Clean Ohio Fund

>>Clean Ohio Fund FACT     Sheet

>> NARC grant application      materials

>>NRAC 12 information on     Clean Ohio Fund website


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