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At the Clean Ohio Fund ceremony © Ryan Phillips/Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
Recognizing the Clean Ohio Fund's contributions to trail development and conservation.


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To learn more about RTC's Earth Day celebration or the Clean Ohio Fund, please contact Ryan Phillips in the Midwest Regional Office at 614.837.6782, or e-mail him at
RTC Celebrates Earth Day in Ohio

On Saturday, April 26, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) Midwest Regional Office joined other local groups and volunteers in Columbus, Ohio, to celebrate Earth Day. The free, zero-waste event, Earth Day 2008: Now Get Busy!, promoted rail-trails, green living, bicycling and alternative transportation, and participants were encouraged to spend the morning cleaning up their neighborhoods and public green spaces—a celebration of the power of volunteer hours.
The Columbus event attracted more than 1,500 volunteers and 50 local groups, and it raised $1,700 to be dispersed to 15 of participating organizations, including Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

High Fives for the Clean Ohio Fund

Eric Oberg, manager of trail development for RTC's Midwest Regional Office, participated in a celebration of the Clean Ohio Fund at the trailhead for the Prairie Grass Trail in London, Ohio. The May 1 event highlighted the broad successes of the program, which has financed 226 miles of new trail development, farmland preservation, brownfield revitalization and green space acquisition. Among the recent beneficiaries of the Clean Ohio Fund were the Prairie Grass Trail, a critical link in the cross-state Ohio-Erie Trail, and three farms totally nearly 1,000 acres.
The Clean Ohio Fund was passed in 2000 as a $400-million bond initiative. RTC, recognized for its contributions during the ceremony, has played a central role in the success of the program since its inception. Rhonda Border-Boose, director of the Midwest Regional Office, has served on the Clean Ohio Trail Fund Advisory Board since it was established, and she was recently re-appointed. And as reauthorization of the Clean Ohio Fund will be a ballot initiative in 2008, RTC is working closely with numerous state organizations to ensure its passage by Ohio voters.

Speakers at the event included Ohio State Senator Steve Austria, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director Anthony Trevena, county commissioners, the mayor of London, as well as Wayne Roberts, president of the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails.

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