November 16, 2011

Conservation Fund Awards Grants to Support Environmental Preservation in the Region

B-W Greenway Community Land Trust and the Wildlife Conservation Foundation for Ohio have been selected as recipients for grants this year from The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund of The Dayton Foundation. Both organizations received $5,000 awards, which were presented recently at the fund’s 6th Annual Meeting held at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund was established in 2006 by The Dayton Foundation in partnership with several local environmentalists and community leaders to support environmental preservation in the Greater Dayton Region for today and for future generations.

B-W Greenway Community Land Trust received a grant for the Anderson Fen Bridge and Boardwalk Construction Project. The grant will assist the Trust in building two bridges and adjacent boardwalks to help preserve stream banks and water quality, as well as provide better accessibility for volunteers and geology students working at the property.

The Wildlife Conservation Foundation for Ohio also received a grant for the Reclamation of Access Roads for the Hanshaw Wetland and Wildlife Area Project. The grant will be used to help clear and repair a one-mile stretch of overgrown roads currently impeding access to the wetlands. This will create opportunities for area educational groups and individuals to visit and study the property’s wetlands, plants and animals, among other things.

Grants from the Greater Dayton Conservation Fund are awarded by a nine-member steering committee to support organizations or programs that help protect the region’s natural environment through education, acquisition, restoration and scientific research; encourage collaborations and regional land conservation; and leverage cooperation and support for various efforts of like-minded organizations. A total of $49,912 in grants has been awarded from the fund to date.

Individuals interested in contributing to the cause are invited to make contributions or to join The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund’s Founders Society. To learn more about the fund, individuals may contact Janice McLefresh at (937) 225-9971 at The Dayton Foundation.

The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others. The Dayton Foundation has helped caring individuals to establish and manage charitable funds and be part of the Foundation’s 90-year history of awarding to nonprofits over 225,000 grants totaling more than a half-billion dollars. Through the Foundation, these donors have supported the building of a stronger community through philanthropy and leadership. More information about The Dayton Foundation and its services is available at www.daytonfoundation.org.

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File date: 9.17.14

IN THEIR WORDS

Frank and Becky Levinson

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