American Farmland Trust
Advancing Adoption of Regenerative Agriculture and Soil Health Practices (IN, OH)
Build models of farmer engagement, benchmarking of farm practices, development of continuous improvement plans and implementation of improved soil health management practices in Ohio and Indiana. Project will develop 50 Best Management Practices recommendations to improve 15,000 acres of private working lands.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Acquiring Land for Inclusion into the Appalachian Hills Wildlife Area (OH)
Acquire at least 40,596 acres of American Electric Power’s ReCreation Lands. Project will help the state of Ohio to permanently protect forest and grassland habitat that supports viable populations of forest and upland wildlife species while providing Ohio and non-Ohio citizens with outdoor recreation opportunities.
National Audubon Society
Avian Monitoring and Evaluation for the Sustain our Great Lakes Program (multiple states)
Assist in monitoring NFWF’s impact on migratory shorebirds, waterfowl and marsh-nesting birds for NFWF’s Sustain our Great Lakes Program.
Accelerating Assistance to Landowners to Support Pollinators on Working Lands (OH)
Provide technical assistance to private landowners to accelerate adoption of pollinator conservation practices in Ohio by hiring a Farm Bill biologist and sustaining a coordinating wildlife biologist. Project will restore 500 acres, improve 2,000 acres, develop 125 plans, host 50 workshops and reach 1,200 people.
Project Wingspan: Enhancing Agricultural Lands for Pollinators (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Enhance and increase connectivity of pollinator habitat on Midwestern private agricultural lands and public conservation lands by providing technical assistance to landowners, collecting and distributing seeds and propagating seedlings. Project will collect 55 pounds of milkweed seeds, propagate 3,000 milkweed seedlings, host 14 events to engage 2,000 people and prescribe management actions to improve 2,000 acres of habitat.
Put-in-Bay Township Park District
Scheeff East Point Preserve Shoreline Stabilization through Scheeff East Point Restoration (OH)
Complete engineering and permitting of natural shoreline restoration techniques at Scheeff East Point Preserve. Project will create engineering plans for the removal of the foreign debris, the replacement of this debris with bioengineered natural materials, as well as potentially the construction of an offshore reef with natural materials and techniques to further protect the shoreline from erosive wave action while also creating space for in lake aquatic habitat for native mussels and fish.
Sand County Foundation
Midpoint Evaluation of NFWF’s Great Lakes Business Plan (multiple states)
Evaluate the success to date of the Great Lakes Business Plan in achieving its dedicated conservation objectives in the areas of streams, coastal wetlands, and water quality. Project will include a review of the ten sub-objectives within these three priority areas, as well as of the sixteen focus areas expected to achieve multiple overlapping outcomes.
The Nature Conservancy
Restoring Habitat along the Cuyahoga River and Reducing Stormwater Runoff through Tree Planting (OH)
Recruit and manage volunteers to implement a community forest restoration on 40 acres along the headwaters of the Cuyahoga River to reduce stormwater runoff and improve habitat. Project will control invasive species and capture 543,000 gallons of stormwater annually, stabilize soils, filter pollutants and connect to larger forest habitat by planting 5,200 trees.
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Restoring Vacant Lots to Urban Green Space (OH)
Create a public gathering space with a green infrastructure outdoor classroom from a paved, impervious surface to improve water quality in Lake Erie by removing hundreds of thousands of gallons of stormwater runoff annually, and to create more biodiverse habitat and a restored tree canopy in the urban core. Project will restore vacant lots in four Cleveland neighborhoods through clean-ups, soil remediation and the planting of 328 native trees as well as other native grasses and perennials.