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Report says NE Ohio needs to conserve more land
Study covers nearly 300,000 acres

Grant Engle
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A study by environmentalists, local governments and park districts has concluded that Northeast Ohio might not be protecting enough land from development.

Along with other activists and government agencies, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy commissioned a study that shows about 7 percent of Northeast Ohio’s land is protected from development. The groups say 10 to 15 percent of the land should be protected.

Ken Wood is a spokesman for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. He says environmentalists aren’t looking to stop growth in northeast Ohio, but communities should be careful when choosing where to develop housing and businesses.

Ken Wood on which land to preserve for soil and wildlife

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“I think most of the partners that we work with try to operate strategically, meaning that we try to preserve the best of the best. That’s sort of a common sense approach. Obviously, if you’re going to develop – make it so it’s going to make sense for everyone – not over a wildlife area, on prime soils or on wetlands.”

Wood says it’s up to environmentalists, park districts and other concerned citizens to protect private land from development that could hurt wildlife habitats or compromise soil.

The study lasted a year and covered nearly 300,000 acres throughout 14 counties.

The Western Reserve Land Conservancy also assists landowners with protecting their property. 

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How can I get more information on where these types of land can exist and the process of getting them into the conservancy?

Posted by: Terry (Cleveland) on January 22, 2013 5:01AM
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