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DEFA Helps Protect the Glen Helen Nature Preserve

The Glen Helen Nature Preserve (aka the Glen) in Yellow Springs is one of Southwest Ohio’s most popular natural areas because of its natural features like rolling wooded hills, numerous small streams, a significant portion of frontage along the National and State-designated Scenic Little Miami River, and a multitude of diverse flora and fauna, including several endangered species. In addition, the diversity of the area provides important educational and recreational opportunities, providing programs for both children and adults that seek to develop their appreciation of the natural world and an awareness of environmental problems along with the ecological principles that influence them.

Several years ago, the Tecumseh Land Trust and other partners negotiated conservation easements and fee-simple land purchases to protect approximately 1,000 acres of the preserve. Two partners in this project were Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance through our Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program, and Warren County, sponsoring the project as part of the loan funding package associated with their major wastewater treatment facility upgrade. Combining forces, DEFA and Warren County contributed more than $1.3 million toward the total $3 million protection project cost.

The hard work and dedication of all the project partners was celebrated at the Glen in a ceremony on Nov. 8, 2015. Ohio EPA DEFA is proud to be part of the effort that will protect the Glen Helen Nature Preserve and its valuable water resources for the enjoyment of both present and future generations. If you would like more information about our various funding assistance opportunities, please call us at (800) 329-7518.