Glen Helen isn't going anywhere.
The popular destination and environmental education facility owned by Antioch College has been permanently protected, The Trust for Public Land, Antioch College, Tecumseh Land Trust, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Ohio Public Works Commission announced in a release Monday.
A final conservation easement was recently secured, ensuring the wooded glen near Yellow Springs, Ohio will forever be preserved and open to the public.
“The Antioch College trustees made it a priority to see to it that Glen Helen was permanently protected,” said Nick Boutis, director of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute, according to the release. “Everyone whose lives have been shaped by their time in Glen Helen can rest assured that the preserve is now safe and secure.”
5 things to know about what has been protected at Glen Helen:
1. The conservation easements completed Monday protect the entire 973 acres of the preserve.
2. Funding for these two easements included $940,650 from the Clean Ohio Fund, $100,000 from the Village of Yellow Springs, and $39,034 from the Glen Helen Association.
3. Also included is $567,500 from the federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.
4. The sales of the two easements and the covenant support the land stewardship and environmental learning programs of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute.
5. A previous protective conversation easement on 563 acres of the riparian corridor was completed in February 2013 for $1.2 million, using funding from Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Restoration Resource Sponsorship Program and The Upper River Fund.
For more info about Glen Helen, visit glenhelen.org.