Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District
130 West Main Street * St. Clairsville, OH 43950
Mission Statement: To educate and assist present and future landowners in the wise use of our soil and water resources.
Belmont SWCD is a new local sponsor for LAEPP -
Belmont County farmland owners are now able to participate in ODA's Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). LAEPP provides funding to farmland owners for placing an agricultural easement on their property. The purpose of this program is to preserve Ohio's farmland and ensure agricultural production within Ohio. The easement limits the use of the land to predominately agricultural use. Monies are issued up to 75% of the appraised value of a farm's development rights. Payment caps have been set at $2000.00 per acre and $500,000.00 per farm. These easement transactions are recorded on the property deed and transfer with the land to successive owners. Eligible farms must be at least 40 acres or 25 acres may be eligible but must be adjacent to already preserved land and the land must be enrolled in CAUV and the Agricultural District Program through the Auditor's office.
Applications are now being accepted, contact our Ag Technician, Samantha Hearn for more information.
The Belmont SWCD Board of Supervisors has approved meeting dates for 2019:
January 14, 2019
February 11, 2019
March 1, 2019 5:30pm
130 West Main St St. Clairsville 43950
March 11, 2019
April 8, 2019
May 13, 2019 Cancelled
Rescheduled May 16, 2019
June 10, 2019
July 8, 2019
August 12, 2019
September 9, 2019
October 14, 2019
November 11, 2019
December 9, 2019
All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. at 101 N Market Street St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950.
Any meeting time/day changes will be published on this site and via press release to local papers and on our Facebook page.