MAHONING VALLEY Green-space projects get funding

The grant money is awarded regionally through a formula.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The state is awarding about $1.4 million to seven green-space projects in the Mahoning Valley through the Clean Ohio Fund.
The Clean Ohio Fund, a $400 million bond issue approved by voters in November 2000, provides $200 million to local communities to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites, and $200 million to protect green space, preserve farmland, improve water quality, and expand the state's recreational trails and greenways.
Regional distribution
The green-space money is distributed regionally through a formula.
Mahoning and Trumbull counties are in one region and received $1.35 million. Columbiana County, which received money for one project, is in a district with Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties, which is sharing $1.9 million.
The brownfield money is awarded on a competitive basis, and only one Valley brownfield project was given money this year.
Who's getting money
The Valley green-space projects receiving state funding are:
U Warren, $56,250, to purchase a two-mile stretch of land to create Old Warren Park. The property will provide open space in five inner-city neighborhoods. The park will be linked to current and planned parks and nature preserves and will provide wildlife habitat.
U East Palestine, $44,784, to create a walking/bicycling trail along the shore of a lake. The city plans to increase recreational use of the lake by adding wildlife observation areas.
U Howland Township, $590,274, to purchase 120 acres near Mosquito Creek to preserve streamside forest and flood plains. A trail will be improved and new trail sections constructed to link the property with Howland Township Wildlife Preserve.
U Austintown Township, $127,500, to buy 30 acres along Upper Bravo Creek. Streamside forests will be preserved and wildlife habitat protected.
U The Columbiana County Park District, $85,850, to purchase eight acres along Little Beaver Creek and Cherry Valley Run to use as a park and provide a pedestrian-bike trail.
U The Mahoning River Consortium, $77,750, to acquire 25 acres of wetland at the head of Cranberry Run. The purchase will help protect Mill Creek and the Mahoning River, preserve wildlife habitat, and maintain the filtering benefits of the wetland.
U Mill Creek MetroParks, $410,550, to purchase 66 acres of open space, adjacent to the experimental farm in Canfield. The goal is to develop a hiking trail on that land.

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