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  • One: Overview Briefly cover the IMPACT that the Clean Ohio Conservation program has had on a State-wide and a County-wide basisThe purpose and mission of the programProgram Requirements, including: projects and activities that are elegible; projects and activities that are inelegible; and elegible applicantsAnd Funding and match specificsTwo: We’ll be going over how the Clena Ohio Fund is implemented in District One by the NRAC Going over application specifics and how the projects are elavuated
  • Unfortunately, we were not able to incorporate data from the latest funding round at the statewide level, but the numbers are stil impressive:From 2000-2007, Nearly 500 projects across the state have been funded144 million dollars have been awarded26,000 acres of natural areas and greenspace have been acquired, protected or restored.
  • In Cuyahoga County, from 2000-2008:Of the 53 projects that gave been submitted, 32 of them have been funded—so over half of those who have applied have received fundingRoughly 17 million dollars have been awardedAnd Roughly 14 million dollars have been spent—the descepais due to project under-runns and the fact that round 5 moneies have not been included734 acres of natural areas AND 12,000 lineal feet of riparian corridors have been acquired, protected or restored.
  • Acquisition of open space, we’ll get into later, but this includes many sorts of property acqisitions including fee simple, conservation easements, and other kinds of conservation encumberances on the land.
  • Filtration purposed—this will be tale
  • Clean Ohio Conservation Applicant Workshop

    1. 1. Clean Ohio CONSERVATION applicant workshopRound 6<br />June 25th, 2009 Canalway Visitor Center<br />Cuyahoga county <br />natural resources assistance council<br />
    2. 2. AGENDA<br />Overview of the Clean Conservation Ohio Program<br /><ul><li>Statewide and District 1
    3. 3. Purpose
    4. 4. Program Requirements</li></ul>The Cuyahoga County Conservation Program Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC)<br /><ul><li>Applications
    5. 5. Evaluation Methodology
    6. 6. Round 6Application Requirements</li></ul>Q.&A.<br />
    7. 7. CLEAN OHIO CONSERVATION -Statewide<br />From 2000-2007:<br /><ul><li>495 Projects were funded
    8. 8. $144 million have been awarded
    9. 9. Area protected:</li></ul>26,000 acres of natural areas and greenspace<br />
    10. 10. CLEAN OHIO CONSERVATION- Cuyahoga County<br />From 2000-2008:<br /><ul><li>53Projects were submitted
    11. 11. 32Projects have been funded
    12. 12. $17 million have been awarded
    13. 13. $14 million have been spent (excludes Round 5 projects)
    14. 14. Area Protected:</li></ul>734 acres of natural areas andgreenspace<br />12,000 lineal feet of riparian corridors<br />
    15. 15. PURPOSE<br />Forested Bank on the<br /> Chagrin River<br />A Unique Opportunity to Advance Conservation<br /><ul><li>Preserve Open Space.
    16. 16. Protect Riparian Corridors.
    17. 17. Protect Rare, Threatened or Endangered Species.
    18. 18. Support Open Space Planning.
    19. 19. Preserve Wetlands and Other Scarce Natural Resources.
    20. 20. Preserve Streamside Forests, Natural Stream Channels and Floodplains.</li></li></ul><li>TYPES OF PROJECTS<br />Mill Creek Area Vistas<br />OPEN SPACE<br /><ul><li>Acquisition of open space
    21. 21. Acquisition of land or rights in land for parks, forests, wetlands, natural areas that protect an endangered plant or animal population.
    22. 22. Construction or enhancement of facilities to make open space accessible and useable by the general public.
    23. 23. Acquisition of land to connect natural area corridors.</li></li></ul><li>Category 3 Forested Wetland<br />TYPES OF PROJECTS<br />RIPARIAN CORRIDORS<br />Riparian Trail –Chagrin River Reservation<br /><ul><li>Fee simple acquisitionof lands to provideaccess to riparian corridors or watersheds.
    24. 24. Acquisition of easements for the purpose of protecting and enhancing riparian corridors or watersheds.
    25. 25. Reforestation of land or the planting of vegetation for filtration purposes.</li></li></ul><li>ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES<br /><ul><li>Acquisition Expenses
    26. 26. Fee simple purchases
    27. 27. Easement purchases
    28. 28. Planning and Implementation
    29. 29. Appraisal
    30. 30. Closing costs
    31. 31. Title search
    32. 32. Environmental assessments
    33. 33. Design
    34. 34. Construction or Enhancement of Facilities
    35. 35. i.e. internal low-impact trails, boardwalks, lookouts, benches</li></ul>Mill Creek Conservation Project Before Cleanup<br />Mill Creek Conservation Project Today<br />
    36. 36. INELIGIBLE PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES<br /><ul><li>Acquisition of land for activities other than preservation and conservation.
    37. 37. Water Management Activities
    38. 38. Flood control projects (dams, dredging, etc.).
    39. 39. Projects that accelerate untreated water runoff.
    40. 40. Stormwater management is the primary purpose.
    41. 41. Plan preparation.</li></li></ul><li>ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS<br />
    42. 42. ROUND 6 FUNDING<br /><ul><li>$6.8 million available.
    43. 43. Awards – grants only.
    44. 44. Maximum grant award – 75% of Total Project Cost.
    45. 45. Requires 25% Local Match.
    46. 46. No limit to the amount requested.</li></li></ul><li>LOCAL MATCH<br /><ul><li>Can be: funds
    47. 47. Contributions of moneyby any person, local political subdivision or the federal government.
    48. 48. Contributions in-kind through the purchase or donation of equipment, land, easements, interest in land, labor and materials necessary to complete the project.
    49. 49. Market value of property.</li></li></ul><li>CONSERVATION PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION<br />OPWC<br />OPWC<br />OPWC<br />DOPWIC<br />NRAC<br /><ul><li>Implements Clean Ohio Conservation Program in Cuyahoga County.
    50. 50. Develops project selection and evaluation methodology.
    51. 51. Selects projects for funding and makes recommendations to OPWC.</li></ul>DOPWIC<br />DOPWIC<br />DOPWIC<br /><ul><li>Oversees “Issue 1” and Clean Ohio </li></ul> Conservation Program.<br /><ul><li> Approves methodologies of NRAC’s
    52. 52. Gives final approval of recommended projects.
    53. 53. Oversees implementation of projects.
    54. 54. Appoints NRAC members.</li></li></ul><li>Hemlock Ravine Slopes <br />at Beecher’s Brook<br />Solomon’s Seal wildflower at Beecher’s Brook<br />CUYAHOGA COUNTY CONSERVATION PROGRAM<br />
    55. 55. NATURAL RESOURCES ASSISTANCE COUNCIL (NRAC)<br />Eleven members appointed by DOPWIC.<br />1 member from DOPWIC<br />1 member from Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District<br />9 members to represent 5 categories:<br />2 - Government<br />3 - Environment<br />2 - Park Systems<br />1 - Agricultural<br />1- Business, realtors or planning<br />
    57. 57. OPEN SPACE IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY<br />Existing Open Spaces<br /><ul><li>Largest and most urbanized of Ohio’s counties.
    58. 58. 90% of land is developed and only 10% is designated open space.
    59. 59. Existing open space areas.
    60. 60. Fragmented
    61. 61. Not always accessibleto the public
    62. 62. Some are degraded/destroyed by pollutionand mismanagement
    63. 63. Others abandoned due to poorplanning and outmigration</li></li></ul><li>CUYAHOGA COUNTY<br />Unique problems and opportunities:<br />As of 2008, there are more than 42,000 vacant and foreclosed properties<br />How to reuse? Re-green the urban environment.<br />
    64. 64. DISTRICT ONE NRAC PRINCIPLES<br />To ensure that projects are visible, accessible and instructional, the NRAC has 5 guiding principles:<br />Preservenatural areas or open space.<br />Restore landscapes that have been degraded or destroyed.<br />Enhance the quality of natural areas or open space.<br />Link natural areas to each other or to county cultural and civic heritage areas.<br />Provide public access to natural areas and/or county cultural and civic heritage areas.<br />
    65. 65. RESTORATION ACTIVITIES<br />Recovering or maintaining ecological integrity should be a critical component of an open space acquisition project.<br />Examples of restoration components:<br />Returning the open space to its prior state;<br />Ensuring the integrity and sustainability of the species (flora/fauna) are both native and resilient;<br />Integrate the community’s cultural heritage; and<br />Provide opportunities for cultural and ecological relationships.<br />
    67. 67. APPLICATION MATERIALS<br />OPWC Clean Ohio Conservation Application<br /><ul><li>OPWC website: </li></ul>NRAC Application Supplement<br /><ul><li>Cuyahoga County Planning Commission website:
    68. 68. Available in both Word and Word Perfect</li></ul>Attachments: Maps, pictures, applicable pages or sections of master plans or other reports, any other backup documentation.<br />A Glossary of Terms is also available.<br />
    69. 69. APPLICATION SUBMITTAL to NRAC<br /><ul><li>Must submit 1original and 1copy of all documents as a hard copy.
    70. 70. Remaining copies can be submitted one of two ways:
    71. 71. Hard copies
    72. 72. Digitally on compact discs.
    73. 73. A certified appraisal or letter of intent must be included; the project willnot be evaluated if the appraisal is not attached.
    74. 74. Materials must be typed using at least an 11 font.
    75. 75. The original - single-sided, copies - double-sided.
    76. 76. All copies should be stapled on the top left-hand side.
    77. 77. Do not bind the applications materials together.</li></li></ul><li>APPLICATION SPECIFICS <br />OPWC APPLICATION – Important points.<br /><ul><li>Financial Information – Page 2
    78. 78. Financial Resources – Page 3
    79. 79. Project Information – Page 4
    80. 80. Project Schedule – Page 5
    81. 81. Project Officials – Page 5
    82. 82. Attachments – Page 6</li></li></ul><li>APPLICATION SPECIFICS <br />NRAC APPLICATION SUPPLEMENT<br /><ul><li>Relates directly to the NRAC Evaluation Methodology.
    83. 83. Used along with the OPWC Application to review projects.
    84. 84. Applicant responsible in making sure all documents are complete and accurate.</li></li></ul><li>PROJECT EVALUATION AND SCORING<br />
    85. 85. PROJECT EVALUATION<br />The Evaluation Process is divided into two major components:<br />Phase 1:Preliminary Project Evaluation<br />Phase 2: Final Project Scoring and Selection (includes Applicant Interviews)<br />The NRAC Application Supplement has six major sections that are scored:<br />Section One:Project Emphasis <br />Section Two: Project Description <br />Section Three: County Principles <br />Section Four: Project Benefits <br />Section Five: Needs Of The District <br />Section Six: Other Relevant Factors <br />
    86. 86. Section One. PROJECT EMPHASIS<br />Page 2:<br /><ul><li>Based on the factors stated in authorizing legislation
    87. 87. Indicate each factor that will be achieved by the project
    88. 88. Check as many as apply in one category</li></ul>EXAMPLE: Open space project will acquire property identified in the city’s open space plan and will preserve a high quality wetland that will be used by the city’s school district as a hands-on science laboratory.<br />NO POINTS AWARDED<br />
    89. 89. Section 2. PROJECT DESCRIPTION<br />Page 3:<br /><ul><li>Project Name
    90. 90.  Type of Project
    91. 91. Acquisition of land
    92. 92. Acquisition of land/facilities for accessibility
    93. 93. Riparian Corridor restoration
    94. 94. Appraisal or Conservation Value
    95. 95. Provide no more than a three-page project description that includes a map showing the project location(s) and the local setting. </li></ul>NO POINTS AWARDED<br />
    96. 96. Section 2. PROJECT DESCRIPTION (cont).<br />Types of Acquisition:<br /><ul><li>Project site must be secured in perpetuity.
    97. 97. Land Securement Tools -
    98. 98. Fee simple: Absolute title to the land, free of any conditions, easements, limitations, encumbrances, or other claims against the title such that a property owner can sell the property or leave it to another by will or inheritance.
    99. 99. Conservation Easement: a right or interest in land that is held for the public purpose of retaining land, water, or wetland areas predominantly in their natural, scenic, open, or wooded condition. Recorded as a deed restriction.</li></li></ul><li>Section 2. PROJECT DESCRIPTION (cont).<br />Map Example: Abram Creek Wetland Protection Area<br />Identify:<br /><ul><li>Project site
    100. 100. Property lines
    101. 101. Community boundaries
    102. 102. Surrounding areas
    103. 103. Local roads, major buildings or institutions</li></li></ul><li>3. COUNTY PRINCIPLES<br />Page 4: <br /><ul><li>Foundation of the NRAC methodology.
    104. 104. Identify the principle(s) that will be advanced by the project.
    105. 105. Describe how the project will achieve the identified principles.</li></ul>MAXIMUM POINTS - 10 POINTS PER PRINCIPLE<br />
    106. 106. 4. PROJECT BENEFITS<br />Page 5: ECONOMIC BENEFITS<br />Explain the economic benefits that apply:<br /><ul><li>Improving a community’s image
    107. 107. Increasing the value of property
    108. 108. Increasing tax revenues
    109. 109. Adding amenities that retain and attract businesses and property owners
    110. 110. Improving the economic yield of the natural capital
    111. 111. Reducing blight
    112. 112. Decreasing the cost of municipal services
    113. 113. Expanding or creating businesses</li></ul>MAXIMUM POINTS - 10<br />
    114. 114. 4. PROJECT BENEFITS (cont.)<br />Page 5: SOCIAL BENEFITS<br />Explain the individual and community benefits that apply:<br /><ul><li>Protecting and improving human health
    115. 115. Creating educational opportunities
    116. 116. Providing for communal activities and social interaction
    117. 117. Creating exercise opportunities
    118. 118. Enhancing the cultural and civic assets of an area
    119. 119. Maintaining the history and heritage of an area
    120. 120. Providing psychological benefits</li></ul>MAXIMUM POINTS - 10 <br />
    121. 121. 4. PROJECT BENEFITS (cont.)<br />Page 5: ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS<br />Explain the ecological benefits of acquiring, conserving or restoring the project:<br /><ul><li>Creating wildlife habitats
    122. 122. Conserving energy and reducing “heat island” effects
    123. 123. Cleaning urban water, land and air
    124. 124. Reducing stormwater runoff and improving water storage
    125. 125. Improving biodiversity and protecting plants and animals
    126. 126. Acting as an indicator of ecological health
    127. 127. Creating more livable communities
    128. 128. Connecting people with nature</li></ul>MAXIMUM POINTS - 10<br />
    129. 129. 5. NEEDS OF THE DISTRICT<br />Page 6:<br />Will the Project…<br /><ul><li>Advance a Concept from an Adopted Plan?
    130. 130. Be of Regional or County Significance?
    131. 131. Retain Parts of the County’s Natural Heritage?
    132. 132. Provide Openspace to Areas that Lack Access?
    133. 133. Provide Openspace to Low-Income Minority Neighborhoods?</li></ul>MAXIMUM POINTS - 10<br />
    134. 134. 6. OTHER RELEVANT FACTORS<br />Page 7:<br />Other Project Funding:<br /><ul><li>Each project requires a minimum 25% local match
    135. 135. Points awarded based on percentage of local match – the higher the local match the higher the points.</li></ul>MAXIMUM POINTS - 10 <br />Level of Coordination:<br /><ul><li>Project is coordinated with another NRAC project.
    136. 136. Another community, federal/state agency, community or conservation organization, or a business group.</li></ul>MAXIMUM POINTS - 10 <br />
    137. 137. 6. OTHER PROJECT FACTORS (cont)…<br />Page 7:<br />Readiness to Proceed:<br /><ul><li>Project will be ready-to-go within 6 months or 1 year.
    138. 138. Bonus point: Applicant has defined operation and maintenance plan for the project.</li></ul>MAXIMUM POINTS - 10 <br />Immediacy:<br /><ul><li>Project requires immediate action or the conservation opportunity will be lost.</li></ul>10 BONUS POINTS<br />
    139. 139. PROJECT SCORING<br />New for Round 6:<br /><ul><li>Must Receive a Minimum Score of 60%, or 150 points of the total weighted points available to be considered for funding.</li></li></ul><li>NRAC EVALUATION POINTS<br />
    140. 140. NRAC EVALUATION POINTS<br />
    141. 141. NRAC EVALUATION POINTS<br />
    142. 142. ROUND 6APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS<br />APPLICATION DUE DATE:<br />To be considered for financial assistance,application must be received by:<br />4:30 P.M. MONDAY, AUGUST 31,2009at<br />at theCuyahoga County Planning Commission323 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 400Cleveland, OH 44113(216) 443-3700(216) 443-3737 (FAX)<br />
    143. 143. ROUND 6 SCHEDULE<br />ACTIVITYDATE<br />Applicant Workshop Thursday, June 25, 2009<br />Applications Due to NRAC Monday, August 31, 2009<br />Project Evaluation September 1 – October 14, 2009<br />NRAC Applicant Interviews Wednesday, September 30, 2009<br />NRAC Project Selection Wednesday, October 14, 2009<br />Proposal Submitted to OPWC October 23, 2009<br />OPWC Approval of Projects November 2009<br />DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE<br />
    144. 144. CONTACT INFORMATION<br />Clean Ohio Conservation Program contact:<br />Lou Mascari, Program RepresentativeOhio Public Works Commission(614)<br />Cuyahoga County Natural Resources Assistance Council contact:<br />Claire Kilbane or Meghan ChaneyCuyahoga County Planning Commission(216)<br /><br />
    145. 145. QUESTIONSANDANSWERS<br />