Clean Ohio Champion is Honored
State Rep. Tim Derickson earns Conservation Leader Award from The Nature Conservancy
CINCINNATI, Ohio | October 25, 2013
For his work as a tireless champion of the Clean Ohio Fund – a voter-approved program that has made Ohio a cleaner, greener state – State Rep. Tim Derickson has earned The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Leader Award.
The Oxford, Ohio, Republican earned the award for his recognition that investment in Clean Ohio continues to bring great conservation, environmental and economic value and benefit to all Ohioans, said Josh Knights, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio.
“For the past two years securing the funding that voters approved for the Clean Ohio Fund has been a top priority for The Nature Conservancy,” Knights said. “Reaching that goal would not have been possible without Rep. Derickson’s willingness to lead, to be a vocal and tireless champion for Clean Ohio, and to work strongly in a bipartisan manner to achieve full funding.”
Derickson was honored Oct. 25 at the Conservancy’s quarterly board of trustees meeting Cincinnati.
“The board is honored to recognize Rep. Derickson for his commitment to a program that invests in local communities, creates jobs, and protects Ohio’s natural beauty,” said Chris Jones, chairman of the Conservancy’s Ohio Board of Trustees.
The Clean Ohio Fund, first approved by voters in 2000 and overwhelmingly renewed in all 88 counties in 2008 with strong bipartisan support, is a $400 million state bond initiative that preserves green space and farmland, improves outdoor recreation, and has been responsible for cleaning up hundreds of abandoned commercial and industrial sites known as brownfields.
Projects made possible by the Clean Ohio Fund annually support hundreds of thousands of jobs across Ohio. Additionally, for every $1 invested in the conservation of land, $4 is returned in natural goods and services, such as drinking water protection, flood control, and air pollution removal, according to a 2013 report by the Trust for Public Land.
By 2012, the Clean Ohio Fund had conserved 92,500 acres of open space and farmland, helping to create jobs and business and support the tourism and outdoor recreation and agriculture industries.
In 2012, the Conservancy worked with Representative Derickson as he successfully led a bipartisan effort in the House of Representatives and with his Senate colleagues to help secure $48 million in bonds for Clean Ohio conservation programs in the two-year capital budget bill. This accomplishment is particularly noteworthy because the General Assembly had not approved the selling of voter-approved bonds for these programs in four years. As a result, many worthy Clean Ohio projects had been waiting for funding and were at-risk of not moving forward, including those sponsored by the Conservancy.
In 2013, Representative Derickson has continued his strong leadership on the House Finance Committee and his work with his Senate colleagues to help secure the remaining $52 million bonding for the Clean Ohio conservation programs.
Rep. Derickson is in his third term as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives serving the people of Oxford and surrounding areas in Butler County in Southwest Ohio. Rep. Derickson served on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee during his first two terms and is now serving his second term on the House Finance and Appropriations Committee, chairing its subcommittee on Agriculture and Development. He is also a member of the Sportsmen Caucus.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org