Conservancy photo exhibit to celebrate 10,000 acresWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In celebration of surpassing 10,000 acres in protected properties, the Black Swamp Conservancy in Perrysburg has partnered with the National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark over the past year to create an exhibit of scenic photographs.
The exhibit, “10,000 Acres: Preserved Forever,” is on display at the National Center on U.S. Route 20 and is free to the public. It will be open on weekends from noon to 5 p.m. through Aug. 28.
“10,000 acres is a lot of land,” said Black Swamp Conservancy Executive Director Kevin Joyce. “If you divided our protected acreage into football field-size pieces and laid them end-to-end, they’d go from here in northwest Ohio to Carnegie Hall in New York City.”
The Conservancy uses permanent land conservation agreements called conservation easements which protect family farms, woods and other open spaces. Ownership remains the same in most scenarios but the landowners agree to restrict the use of their land. The Conservancy takes legal responsibility to make sure the land use restrictions are followed and can take legal action to protect the land.
“All of us who live in northwest Ohio owe a big thank you to our generous landowners,” Joyce said. “They are giving up a lot of their land’s value through land conservation agreements with our conservancy and we all benefit from that. We get to experience the land’s scenic beauty. We get to enjoy healthy outdoor recreation, including hiking, fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing, and our farmland preservation program means there will always be places to grow the food needed to feed a growing world.”