The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is pleased to announce the Appalachia Ohio Alliance has established a permanent endowment fund to support AOA's vision of conservation and stewardship of our land and water as sustainable natural resources.
"The Appalachia Ohio Alliance treasures the natural beauty of our region and its resources," said Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. "We are pleased to have them as a partner in enriching our region's quality of life and are honored to help them grow their organization."
Designated the Paul Knoop Conservation Education Fund, the new fund recognizes and honors Paul Knoop, a highly respected Ohio naturalist who dedicated his career to environmental education with an emphasis on teaching children the values of the natural world.
A former director and founding member of AOA, Paul also served as Naturalist at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm in Dayton, Ohio for over three decades and was its Director for many years. A resident of the Hocking Hills, Paul and his wife Cathy continue to provide environmental educational opportunities in conjunction with several organizations.
Paul's commitment to learning and understanding the natural world and freely sharing his time and knowledge with others exemplifies AOA's commitment to voluntary community service through conservation and education.
Established in 2002, AOA has evolved from a small group of passion-driven naturalists into a successful land conservancy with an extensive portfolio of conservation properties and a track record of effective stewardship. AOA has helped protect conservation values on more than 6,500 acres in twelve counties.
Geographically, much of its work is performed in central and southeastern Ohio where valuable conservation expertise and commitment is directed toward unique natural areas and habitats; riparian zones including riparian-based greenway corridors; working farms and agricultural lands; community forests; buffer lands surrounding local, state and federal parks and forests; connective corridors; and larger landscape assemblages of conservation lands.
For more information on AOA, visit http://www.appalachiaohioalliance.org.
"As we celebrate our tenth anniversary this year, we can think of no better way to commemorate our conservation successes while planning for the future of our mission" shared Steve Fleegal, executive director of the Appalachia Ohio Alliance. "Creating this fund with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is a statement about our commitment to conserving our region's land and water as the richest of resources for many years to come."
This endowment will help AOA make a lasting impact in the region as a catalyst for local conservation as well as community consciousness and participation. Proceeds from the fund will provide valuable fiscal resources to further the conservation and educational work of AOA, whose success depends on generous donations from those who desire to make a difference in their community.
Those who would like to make a gift to AOA's Paul Knoop Conservation Education Fund, please mail your donation to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, 35 Public Square, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764 or see www.appalachianohio.org and click on the "Donate Online Today" in the upper right corner of the screen, and designating the Paul Knoop Conservation Education Fund when making a donation.