Western Reserve Land Conservancy – Ohio’s largest land trust – established permanent protections at two Richland County farms, preserving a 206-acre farm in Franklin Township, and a 119-acre property in Jackson Township.
The Franklin Township farm, Ohio Rural Land LLC, is owned by siblings Tim Smith and Roberta Shaw; their grandfather purchased the property during the Great Depression and it has been family-owned ever since. The property is incredibly scenic, with both active and former agriculture land as well as rich and diverse woodlands. Soybeans and corn currently comprise the active agricultural areas while Tim has planted former agricultural areas with warm season grasses to benefit wildlife. The farm contains nearly 8,000 feet of Brubaker Creek and related tributaries, all... Read More