Crossroads RC&D work to continue through new fund of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy Foundation
December 14, 2012
It’s been a little more than a year since federal budget cuts forced the closing of the Crossroads Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc. (Crossroads RC&D) office in New Philadelphia that provided funding and planning assistance for environmental protection, resource conservation and development projects in a 12-county area of Eastern Ohio.
The members of the Board of Directors of Crossroads RC&D, though, have ensured that the mission and work of the organization will continue.
Crossroads RC&D and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy Foundation (MWCF) are announcing that a new subfund of the MWCF charitable endowment fund portfolio has been created to deposit the remaining funds from Crossroads and accept contributions for additional projects in the future. The Crossroads RC&D Conservation Fund will help support natural resource conservation, environmental education and outdoor recreation projects in the Muskingum River Watershed region.
“The good work that Crossroads RC&D participated in and provided through the years can be seen throughout Eastern Ohio and it was a shame that with the lack of federal funding it appeared that future projects may never happen,” said Belle Everett of Tuscarawas County and a member of the executive Board of Directors of Crossroads RC&D. “We are so fortunate and so grateful that the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy Foundation was not only willing, but will be a very capable manager of the fund to ensure that work will continue under the Crossroads sponsorship.”
The MWCF is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing financial resources that enhance facilities, programs and conservation efforts on or adjacent to the lands and waters of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD). The MWCF is independent of and managed separately from the MWCD.
“I am honored that Crossroads RC&D Council selected the MWCF as its beneficiary,” said Jim Schoch, chairman of the MWCF Board of Trustees. “As a charitable fund, the Crossroads RC&D Conservation Fund of the MWCF will continue to give back to the community and support worthwhile projects within the Muskingum River Watershed. We also hope to work with the former Crossroads RC&D members and supporters on annual fund-raisers to build the fund and provide for worthwhile projects.”
Crossroads RC&D helped coordinate numerous projects beginning in 1971 in Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Mahoning, Muskingum, Stark, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties. It was dedicated to promoting economic and environmental sustainability through the conservation of natural resources by working with county commissioners, county Soil and Water Conservation Districts and many other agencies and organizations.
“Crossroads RC&D was the glue that helped put together projects and see the work through to completion,” said John H. Davis of Carroll County, secretary/treasurer for Crossroads RC&D. “By the development of this fund through the MWCF, we will be able to see the hard work and dedication of so many people and organizations continue.”
For more information about the Crossroads RC&D Conservation Fund and the MWCF, call (330) 556-4831 or visit www.muskingumfoundation.org.
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