A land conservation group in Northeast Ohio wants to get involved in Utica shale development in eastern Ohio.
The Western Reserve Land Conservancy, based in Moreland Hills outside Cleveland, is working to develop a new initiative, perhaps including some of the big energy companies.
There is a major need for "strategic conservation planning and strategic conservation work," said the group's executive director Rich Cochran.
Critical land needs to be set aside and protected, especially as drilling infrastructure including pipelines and processing facilities is developed in the coming years in eastern Ohio, he said.
That effort is just getting under way and the effort will intensify in the next 12 to 24 months, he said.
His group, Cochran said, will work on developing consensus and a master plan.
The group has saved more than 430 parcels and more than 30,000 acres in 14 counties in Northeast Ohio. One of its main tools in conservatione asements that protect parcels from future develoopment.
It is the largest group of its kind in Ohio and one of the Top 10 groups of its kind in the United States.
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