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Ora E. Anderson Conservation Fund for Appalachian Ohio Awards Grant to Rural Action

Grant will support Rural Action’s Forestry Program

Nelsonville, OH – Rural Action,a nonprofit member-based development organization located in Athens County, hasbeen awarded a $4,000 grant from the Ora E. Anderson Conservation Fund forAppalachian Ohio, a permanent endowment fund at the Foundation for AppalachianOhio. This grant will be used to assist Rural Action’s Forestry Program inworking with landowner’s on developing a forest management plan using mixedmanagement techniques. Co-written by Rural Action’s Forest BotanicalsSpecialist and a local Forester, the new plans will be highlight opportunitiesfor landowners to earn income from growing forest understory crops and addresstimber management or other landowner interests.

Additionally,the grant supports three workshops during 2012-13. The first workshop, held inNovember, focused on low impact forestry equipment and services. During spring2013, a sustainable forestry workshop in Hocking County will teach landownerswith small tracts about cultivating understory forest botanicals such asAmerican Ginseng and Goldenseal. A third 2013 workshop will kick off the”Sunday Creek Riparian Regrowth Project” near Glouster, Ohio, andwill include a tree-planting event.

RuralAction’s mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice inAppalachian Ohio. The organization builds model sustainable developmentprojects and encourages a broad civic conversation around Appalachian Ohio’sassets in order to create sustainable development paths for the region. Learnmore about Rural Action’s Forestry work at: or email SusiRankis at

Establishedin 2006 as an endowment fund with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, the OraE. Anderson Conservation Fund for Appalachian Ohio exists to provide apermanent source of charitable funding for conservation activities and programsin the areas of watershed restoration, sustainable forest practices, andpromotion of the region’s cultural and environmental history. Through thisFund, the late Ora E. Anderson’s legacy of protecting the natural beauty of AppalachianOhio continues through philanthropic giving. 

Thosewho would like to make a gift to the Ora E. Anderson Conservation Fund forAppalachian Ohio may mail a donation to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, P.O. Box 456, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764, or visit FAO’s website and designatethe Ora E. Anderson Conservation Fund for Appalachian Ohio, when making adonation.

About the Foundation forAppalachian Ohio

The Foundation for AppalachianOhio is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of AppalachianOhio with the mission of enriching the region’s current and future quality oflife. A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation attracts contributions forprograms and endowment, makes grants for charitable and civic purposes, andsupports local efforts for positive change. For more information about FAO,visit