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YELLOW SPRINGS — Tecumseh Land Trust has opened a new endowment. To date, the land trust has endowment funds in the Yellow Springs Community Foundation and Springfield Foundation, and has now expanded into the greater Dayton area with the help of the Dayton Foundation.

With this new endowment, the land trust hopes to reach out to conservationists in the greater Dayton area to help sustain its mission.

The Tecumseh Land Trust’s mission is to assist landowners who want to permanently preserve their land. The land trust works primarily with conservation easements which puts a cap on unnecessary development and aides in the preservation of areas with fertile soils, habitats for endangered species, and streamside forests and wetlands. An easement on land leaves farmers and land owners with a lot of freedom in fact, free to farm what they’d like on their land, just as long as they farm with best conservation practices.

The fund created for Tecumseh Land Trust is the first of its kind at the Dayton Foundation, and was opened with a generous $35,000 donation from an anonymous donor. The land trust hopes to grow the fund through further donations from a multitude of benefactors. Earnings from this new fund will insure the annual monitoring and stewardship offered by the land trust are carried on in future generations.

In addition to this, Tecumseh Land Trust hopes to preserve more land around the Little Miami and Mad Rivers, as well as continue collaborations with the Greater Dayton Partners for the Environment (GDPE). The land trust is an active member of the GDPE’s land team, which brings together many of the stakeholders in the region who work on land use issues.

To date, Tecumseh Land Trust has 24,000 acres of easement holdings across the Greene and Clark County area. But, they have a goal to reach a total of 50,000 preserved acres in each county. The land trust has high hopes that the new endowment fund in the Dayton Foundation and the donations that come into it will speed their progress toward that goal of 100,000 preserved acres across their two counties.

To learn how to donate to the Dayton Foundation, contact Tracie Boshears at tboshears@daytonfoundation.org. To learn more about the foundation, email info@daytonfoundation.org.

For information on Tecumseh Land Trust, email Krista Magaw at Krista@tecumsehlandtrust.org or call at 937-767-9490.

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