The Owl Creek Conservancy is a private nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to conserving natural and agricultural lands in the Knox County Area through widespread private action.
We work with landowners for the public good to maintain and to improve the quality of life now and in the future by conserving farmlands, stream corridors, aquifer- and watershed-protection areas, wildlife habitats, woodlands, scenic vistas, and ecologically sensitive areas of environmental, historic, and community importance.
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Summer

Warm summer sun, shine kindly here... - Mark Twain
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Fall

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. - Robert Frost
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Winter

I love snow, and all the forms Of the radiant frost... - Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Spring

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. - William Shakespeare
The Owl Creek Conservancy is qualified to submit applications to the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) for owners of farms in Knox County. Please contact us with questions or to inquire about applying for funding.
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Monitoring Tracker
Monitoring involves physical examination of a Protected Property, e.g. walking through a woodland. The "Sports Tracker" tracing shows a monitoring team's 2021 walk through two small properties conserved by easements donated by Jim and Maureen Buchwald in 2002 and 2003. The nearest access is from Laymon Road via the Kokosing Gap Trail.
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Monitoring Tracker
OCC Explore Program Highlights Local Bird Diversity
From May 8 to 14, local birdwatchers recorded their observations along the length of the Kokosing Gap Trail (about 13 miles and including the Brown Family Environmental Center). One hundred ten different species of birds were noted on the citizen science app, EBird.
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OCC Explore Program Highlights Local Bird Diversity
Conservation Easements: An Option for Landowners
Ownership of land is a "bundle of rights." These include timber, mineral, hunting or fishing and water rights. An owner can separate and sell or give away each of the rights. Also, each of the rights can be separated and sold or given away as an easement. For example, a utility easement can be sold or given to a gas company for a gas line through a property. Such a utility easement would appear on the deed to the property and would remain with the property permanently even though the owner might subsequently sell the land.
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Conservation Easements: An Option for Landowners