The Economic Benefits of Clean Ohio Fund Conservation Report
We conducted an economic analysis of the return on Ohio’s investment in land conservation through the Clean Ohio Fund and found that every $1 invested in land conservation returned $4 in natural goods and services to the Ohio economy. Additionally, projects funded through the program provide a multitude of economic benefits to the people, communities, and business of the state in the form of jobs, tourism and visitor spending, tax revenue, enhanced property values, agricultural output, quality of life, and others.
The Clean Ohio Fund is the state’s primary funding source for open space conservation, farmland preservation, brownfield revitalization, and trail creation. It was created in 2000 and renewed by voters in 2008. This report summarizes and quantifies the economic benefits to local communities throughout the state of Clean Ohio Fund investments in healthy lands and waters, and a healthy economy.