PERRYSBURG - Two Seneca County farms have joined a growing list of properties protected from development through Ohio's Agricultural Easement Purchase Program through Black Swamp Conservancy.
Agreements have been approved for 146 acres owned by John and Sue Burks and 126 acres owned by Carrigan Farms. Both farms are north of Tiffin near a cluster of farmland protected during the past few years by the farmland preservation program funded by Clean Ohio through the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
"The Agricultural Easement Purchase Program is intended to create clusters of preserved farmland," said Kevin Joyce, executive director of Black Swamp Conservancy, a Perrysburg-based land trust that handles paperwork and holds easements.
"Farm ground located near other preserved farmland scores higher under the AEPP criteria," Joyce said. "So farmers with land near the cluster north of Tiffin that's been developed over the years by Black Swamp Conservancy are more likely to be offered the opportunity to enter into a permanent farmland preservation agreement."
The two farms bring the total for Seneca County to 16 and more than 2,200 acres.
In addition, Joyce said an agreement for a third farm in Seneca County from the 2009 funding round has not been completed, and five Seneca County farms from the 2010 funding round are being processed.
Where the farms are
Here's a list of protected properties in Seneca, Sandusky and Wood counties, including the years they went into the program, under the direction of Black Swamp Conservancy. There may be more farms protected by other agencies.
Frankart Farm, 70 acres, Green Springs, 2003, agricultural
Barto Farm-Lemmerman, 154 acres, Green Springs, 2003, agricultural
Barto Farm 2-Chaney, 89 acres, Green Springs, 2003, agricultural
Barto Farm 3-Goetz, 95 acres, Tiffin, 2003, agricultural
Fry Farm, 71 acres, Old Fort, 2003, agricultural
Koselke Farm, 157 acres, Tiffin, 2003, agricultural
Borough Farm, 215 acres, Tiffin, 2006, agricultural
Par 3 Realty Farm, 64 acres, Tiffin, 2007, agricultural
Wolf Creek Farms, 105 acres, Tiffin, 2007, agricultural
Fry Farm 2, 147 acres, Tiffin, 2007, conservation
Sisters of St. Francis Farm, 345 acres, Tiffin, 2007, conservation
Ewald Farm, 247 acres, Tiffin, 2009, agricultural
O. and P. Burks Farm, 153 acres, Tiffin, 2010, agricultural
Heydinger Woods, 63, Tiffin, 2010, conservation
John and Sue Burks Farm, 146 acres, Tiffin, 2011, agricultural
Carrigan Farm, 126 acres, Tiffin, 2011, agricultural
Miller Peninsular Farms, 470 acres, Fremont, 2000, conservation
Maddy Farm, 201 acres, Gibsonburg, 2004, agricultural
Daubel Creek Hunt Club, 64 acres, Fremont, 2006, conservation
Daubel Decoy Hunt Club, 169 acres, Fremont, 2006, conservation
Miller Farm 2, 31 acres, Fremont, 2006, conservation
Miller Farm 3, 49 acres, Fremont, 2007, conservation
Mauch Farms Inc., 103 acres, Fremont, 2010, agricultural
C. Mauch Farm, 131 acres, Fremont, 2010, agricultural
Sandusky River Bend, 65 acres, Fremont, 2010, conservation
The 577 Foundation, 12 acres, Perrysburg, 1998, conservation
Orser Riverfront, 2 acres, Perrysburg, 1999, conservation
Sawyer Woods, 11 acres, Perrysburg, 1999, conservation
Carter-Loomis Farm, 80 acres, Bowling Green, 2000, conservation
Davis Rivercrest Farm, 7 acres, Perrysburg, 2001, conservation
McNerney-Entenman Farm, 143 acres, Fostoria, 2001, conservation
Leathers Farm, 344 acres, Cygnet, 2003, conservation
Schetter Farm, 80 acres, Fostoria, 2003, conservation
Moore Riverfront, 3 acres, Rossford, 2008, conservation
George Farm, 250 acres, Bloomdale, 2008, conservation
Haines Farm, 41 acres, Bowling Green, 2009, agricultural
Two farms in Fulton County totaling 179 acres also were added during the 2009 funding round.
"Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in northwest Ohio," Joyce said. "In these tough times, it's important to recognize that farm families' commitment to keeping their land as farmland is essential to our community's future economic prosperity."
Black Swamp Conservancy preserves land mainly through perpetual land conservation agreements known as conservation or agricultural easements. Through such an agreement, the landowner gives up the right to develop the property such as constructing buildings, putting in roads or driveways or subdividing the land in order to protect its conservation value as prime farmland or as habitat for native plants and animals.
Since its founding in 1993, the conservancy has permanently protected 89 properties and nearly 9,800 acres of family farms and natural areas such as wetlands, meadows and woods in 12 counties of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.