Land & Environmental

Farmers Kingsley, left, and Jim Semler showed off their award-winning holstein, Scarlett. Their farm, which contains the headwaters of the Jacoby creek, was recently preserved from development by the Tecumseh Land Trust. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Semler dairy preserved in Jacoby

Last month the 171-acre Semler farm on Snypp Road, one mile west of Yellow Springs, became the first land in the Jacoby Creek watershed where Village funds were used to permanently protect it from development. The Semler farm is also one of only four remaining dairy farms in Greene County and contains the spring-fed headwaters of the Jacoby Creek, a source of the Village’s drinking water.

The Tecumseh Land Trust secured a conservation easement on the property with a combination of Village and federal dollars, including $66,950 from the Village’s green space fund. The Semler farm’s development rights, which are now held by the Tecumseh Land Trust, were purchased for close to $400,000. The farm is owned by Kingsley and Roberta Semler and run by their son, Jim.

 

Jim Semler with Scarlett (Photo by Megan Bachman)

The closure of the easement, which took four years to complete, is a critical step to permanently protecting the Jacoby Greenbelt, part of the Village Comprehensive Plan’s Open Space plan since 1970, said Michele Burns of Tecumseh Land Trust. Two other properties were preserved closer to the mouth of the Jacoby creek, when Morris Bean & Company and Xarifa Bean donated easements on about 260 acres in the 1990s and early 2000s.

See the August 4 issue of the YS News for the full story.

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