MOUNT VERNON — After telling the Knox County Commissioners last fall they didn’t know where the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase program was going, representatives of Owl Creek Conservancy and Philander Chase Corp. returned Monday with the outline of the new program in place from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Ray Heithaus of the Owl Creek Conservancy, Lisa Schott of Philander Chase and Richard Stallard of Owl Creek told the commissioners the new program will be more locally controlled. Owl Creek and Philander Chase have been certified by the state to administer the Local Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program, making Knox County one of 44 counties represented by 19 such organizations.
Knox will no longer compete with a block of other counties for state funds, as was done in the past, but will be allocated an amount of money each funding cycle that can be used for qualified purchases. The amount designated for Knox County this cycle is just over $126,000.
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