The Land Use Actions for the Future of our County workshop held in Wayne County during Fall 2020 received a County Activities of Excellence award from The American Farm Bureau Federation. This award celebrates unique, local, volunteer-driven programs that serve as models of innovation for local program development.
The Land Use Actions for the Future of Our County workshop – consisting of a four-part virtual brown bag seminar series – was organized with partial funding from a grant from the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) at The Ohio State University. The seminar series was designed to invite new partners to join the conversation around balanced land use.
The seminar series was considered a success, with about 50 to 80 participants registering for each session covering a range of topics. Attendees included a diverse group of stakeholders who in many cases had not worked together previously.
Overall, the feedback received was positive and suggests that there is interest in continuing these discussions through a variety of formats in the future, to develop shared solutions to the County’s biggest land use challenges.
The steering committee for the workshop and the project team included:
- Steve Lyon (Co-Principal Investigator), School of Environment and Natural Resources
- Elizabeth Schuster (Co-Principal Investigator), Sustainable Economies Consulting
- Brian Gwin, CFAES’ Ohio Agricultural and Research Development Center (OARDC)
- Melinda Hill, OSU Extension
- Trevor Hunt, Wayne County Planning Department
- Shoshanah Inwood, School of Environment and Natural Resources
- Lindsay Shoup, Ohio Farm Bureau