Home Page

2016 State Food Policy Summit

When : Tuesday, May 3, 2016 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Where: Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43210

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2016

The 2016 State Food Policy Summit held by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs features three nationally-recognized experts:


  • Anne Palmer, John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
  • Ferd Hoefner, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • Deb Eschmeyer (invited), Let’s Move!


Please join us on Tuesday, May 3rd to learn about what is happening across the nation and envision future policy priorities for strengthening Ohio's food system. The State Food Policy Summit is open to the general public and costs $10.00 to attend. This event is made possible through funding from The Ohio State University's Initiative for Food and AgriCultural transformation (InFACT).

Click here to learn more and to register for the event.



Diversity-- Farms and Open Space

The Thomas Sargero Easement in Butler County closed on September 29, 2014. A priority for the Three Valley Conservation Trust since the late nineties and pursued mightily by the Trust's founder Wally Edwards, this easement proved to be both elusive and complicated to complete. The property features 42 acres of tillable land, 8.4 acres of wetlands and 7.23 acres of homestead with an equestrian area, barns and outbuildings. An additional 110 acres are wooded, with many large specimens of hardwood species, and includes a Great Blue Heron rookery, with approximately 100 nests near the northern part of the property along 18,278’ of Four Mile Creek. The easement was funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Licking Land Trust Earns National Recognition

Accreditation Promotes Public Trust, Ensures Permanence

Granville, OH --  (March 4, 2016) – The Licking Land Trust, a non-profit organization committed to conserving and protecting greenspace and natural areas in and around Licking County, today announced it has achieved national accreditation – a mark of honor in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, affirming its confidence that the Licking Land Trust lands will be protected forever.

Accredited land trusts across the country have permanently conserved more than 15 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas that are vital to healthy, vibrant communities. Licking Land Trust has helped to protect nearly 1200 acres of open space in central Ohio.

Doug Spieles, Chair of the Licking Land Trust’s all-volunteer Board, noted that “Receiving accreditation is an honor of the highest order, and signals that our organization meets exceptional national standards of performance and trustworthiness. The hard work we have put into this process over the past 10 years has made us a stronger, more effective, and mission-driven organization that is well-equipped to serve our community and the cause of conserving land.” 

The Licking Land Trust, founded in 1989, works to preserve wetlands, woods, farmlands, riparian corridors, and scenic vistas.  For instance, in collaboration with other organizations, the Trust has worked to conserveacreage along Raccoon Creek – helping to protect water quality and prevent erosion – and to restore and preserve the Spring Valley Nature Preserve.  In addition to monitoring 1000+ acres of conserved land, in the past year the Trust participated in events such as Dawes Arbor Day, and Turn Off Your Screen week.  The Trust also hosted the hugely successful “Farm to Fork” fundraiser, featuring  locally sourced foods and a silent auction.

Mike Mickelson, LLT vice chair and leader of our Accreditation Team added, “Over the years, many of our board members have contributed steadily to our progress along this path, and none more so than our late colleague Don Wiper.  The achievement of Land Trust Alliance accreditation is a real tribute to Don’s vision for the LLT, and we are permanently in his debt for his leadership and determination.”

Licking Land Trust joins the 379 other land trusts nationwide (out of a total of 1700) that have achieved the accreditation credential.  “It is exciting to recognize Licking Land Trust with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “Together, accredited land trusts stand united behind strong national standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever."

The Commission is an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America.  More information about land trust accreditation can be found at www.landtrustaccreditation.org




Click here to read about COLT's accomplishments.

Click here to sign up.


 Click to find a land trust:  INTERACTIVE Ohio Land Trusts
Service Area map links to Land Trust Alliance Website


Become a member of the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts and get discounts on trainings as well as policy and program updates! Click on this link.


Ohio land trusts can send an email to Midwest@lta.org to sign up for Ohio listserv (hosted by the Land Trust Alliance).

If you would like to submit a story or an event, email Jenny at washu767@aol.com. She will put it on the website for you!

The Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts (COLT) is a voluntary network of land trusts and other conservation organizations dedicated to advancing land conservation for public benefit in Ohio.

COLT strives to help Ohio's land trusts conserve more of the state's farmland, woodlands and natural areas by assisting each land trust in building organizational capacity and developing strategic conservation plans. Since its inception, COLT has worked to:

1. Enhance the technical knowledge of Ohio land trusts through training and peer-to-peer networking;

2. Increase land trusts' implementation of Land Trust Standards and Practices through land trust organizational assessments and;

3. Advance critical state and federal land conservation policy initiatives and legislation, such as property tax reform, and renewal of the Clean Ohio Fund, in partnership with other statewide groups such as Ohio League of Conservation Voters and Mainstream Green Coalition.


 Send us a story about a landowner that your land trust has assisted or someone you know that has a preserved farm. We are interested in stories about farm preservation easements as well as non-farm easement stories. All of these stories help COLT as we continuously need to show the beneficial impact of the memberships’ work in order to successfully advocate for public funding programs.

 -Send stories from your existing materials. Your story will be posted on the website under the land owner stories tab: http://www.ohiolandtrusts.org/alexander-family-glen-helen/  

- Send us photos related to the story. If a photo should be credited to someone please provide that information.

- Send us on-going information about events to post as content on our facebook page. These can be about your own events, e.g. information about your annual fundraiser, or a link to media content about a recently closed easement, or links to land conservation-related events offered by you or others in your part of the state. 

Please send your stories or event info to Jenny at washu767@aol.com.