“Our goal is to make the wetlands accessible for everybody in the community,” she said, noting the 2,300 acres the group has conserved draws people from Columbus, northern Cincinnati and Richmond, Ind.
“We want to make sure that everybody who comes gets to enjoy this incredibly beautiful and endangered ecosystem that’s here in peoples’ backyards,” Mayer added.
Mayer said her group plans to build ADA compliant boardwalks so the trail could be experienced by “as many people as possible.”
The grant application deadline is March 18, she said.
Greene County projects previously receiving Clean Ohio funds include a BCWA prairie and wetland restoration for $82,500, state records show.
Beavercreek Twp. was also awarded $342,400 for preservation work at the Koogler Wetland Preserve near the Amon land, according to the Ohio Public Works Commission.
Fairborn City Council plans to hold a special meeting Monday night to accept the two parcels, said City Manager Rob Anderson.
The BCWA would put a conservation easement on the land, which would remain “into perpetuity,” Anderson said.
The Amon Reserve tract is valued at about $1 million, but with the conservation easement that would drop about 80%, he said.
“But for this conservation easement, it is prime development land,” Anderson added.
The move would not be a financial burden on Fairborn, officials said.
“It protects the wetlands from development. And that keeps the wetlands in as pristine condition as we can for future generations,” Mayor Paul Keller said.
“It’s a benefit to Fairborn residents to have access to that through walking trails or whatever is developed through there,” he added. “And it keeps the development off of the wetlands there. It takes the pressure off the wetlands and helps preserve it.”