Black Swamp Conservancy elects new officersWritten by Patrick Timmis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Swamp Conservancy elected its new officers and board of trustees June 21.
The Perrysburg-based conservancy non-profit is a land trust that strives to protect agricultural areas, natural habitats, lakes and streams in Northwest Ohio.
Kevin Joyce, the organization’s executive director, said agriculture is Ohio’s No. 1 industry — an industry losing 40,000 acres of land to development every year. Preserving wetlands — 95 percent of which Ohio has lost — is also an economically profitable goal, he said.
“It’s the most cost effective way to keep your water clean, is maintain your wetlands.”
Since Black Swam Conservancy’s founding in 1993, the group has protected over 10,000 acres of agricultural land and natural areas across Northwest Ohio.
The new board will have to look at speeding up its conservation process.
Joyce said the Land Trust Alliance predicts that in 25-50 years, all available land will be preserved or developed.
Black Swam Conservancy Election Results:
President (also a trustee): Tom Reed, treasurer of Entelco Corporation of Perrysburg
Vice President (also a trustee): Eric Kraus, product manager of AquaBlok, Ltd.
Treasurer: Louise Jackson, partner with the law firm of Spengler Nathanson, PLL.
Secretary: Garrick White, partner with Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP
Board of Trustees:
Neil Munger, director of the Wood County Park District
Carol Gee, communications consultant in Perrysburg
Kelly Faris, chair of the Put-in-Bay Township Park District
Katie Swartz Rousseau, associate director of American Rivers in Toledo
Ford Weber, president and CEO of Lucas County Improvement Corporation