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Farmlands. Office Of Environmental Services. Managing the Environmental and Project Development Process Presented by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Why So Important?. Number one industry for Ohio’s economy $107 billion annually Nearly one million employees.
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FarmlandsOffice Of Environmental ServicesManaging the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationWhy So Important?
  • Number one industry for Ohio’s economy
  • $107 billion annually
  • Nearly one million employees
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationFarmland Loss In O-H-I-O
  • Effects water quality and ecological integrity
  • Development and growth contributes to Urban Sprawl
  • Consequences:
  • Rural Character Disrupted
  • Loss of Viewshed
  • Job Loss
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationFarmland Loss In O-H-I-O
  • Ohio lost more than 7 million acres of farmland from 1950-2000
  • Equivalent to losing 23 counties
  • Ohio was 2nd in the nation for loss of prime farmland from 1987 to 1997
  • In Ohio, farmland conversion rate is occurring faster than population growth
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationFarmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA)Subtitle of the 1981 Farm BillFederal programs required to be compatible with state, local and private efforts to protect farmland and consider adverse effects on farmland preservationProjects sponsored or financed in whole or part by the federal governmentHighways, Airports, Dams, Federal BuildingsFederal LawManaging the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationNatural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)Formerly Soil Conservation ServiceEstablished by Congress in 1935Permanent agency within the USDAChanged to NRCS in 1994 to reflect the broadened scope of the agency’s concernsFederal AgencyManaging the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationOhio Revised Code (ORC) 929.05 Ohio’s Farmland Preservation ActProjects that take 10% or 10 acres (whichever is greater) from any individual property within an agricultural district, coordination with ODA is requiredUtility or emergency repair projects exemptState LawManaging the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationOhio Department of AgricultureOffice of Farmland Preservation oversees and assists with preservation effortsThree Preservation Programs:Clean Ohio Agriculture Easement Purchase ProgramOhio Agricultural Easement Donation ProgramAgricultural Security Areas40,000+ acres of farmland preservedState AgencyManaging the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationFarmland MOU
  • NRCS/FWHA/ODOT
  • Executed December 15, 2011
  • Outlines responsibilities under FPPA and the implementing regulations of 7 CFR 658
  • Establishes a process to determine which federal projects require NRCS coordination
  • Discuss in the NEPA document accordingly when MOU criteria is met
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of Transportationhttp://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/Farmland Classification
  • Soil Maps
  • Land Classification Maps
  • Prime Farmland
  • Unique Farmland
  • Identifies farmland of state or local importance
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationCoordination
  • FPPA Screening Form no longer used
  • Integrated into CE Online
  • Farmland Conversion Impact Rating (FCIR)
  • For projects that exceed MOU criteria
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationFCIR Form
  • Form AD-1006
  • Form NRCS-CPA-106
  • Used on Corridor Projects
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationFCIR Form
  • Part I - Project Description
  • Completed by ODOT/Project Sponsor
  • Part II – Farmland/Farm Characteristics
  • Completed by NRCS
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationFCIR Form
  • Part III - Conversion of Land
  • Completed by ODOT/Project Sponsor
  • Lines A & C
  • Total new permanent ROW
  • Line B
  • Always 0 unless secondary impacts are known and can be quantified
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationFCIR Form
  • Part IV - Land Evaluation Information
  • Completed by NRCS
  • Part V - Land Evaluation Criteria
  • Completed by NRCS
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationFCIR Form
  • Part VI- Site Assessment Criteria
  • Completed by ODOT/Project Sponsor
  • Based on criteria in 7 CFR 658.5
  • Follow FCIR Instructions
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationFCIR Form
  • Part VII – Score Compilation
  • Completed by ODOT/Project Sponsor
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationFCIR Form
  • Final Score less than 160, land impacted is given minimal consideration for protection and no alternative locations need evaluated
  • Final Score 160 or greater, justify reason for choosing higher scoring alternative
  • Consider other environmental concerns
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationCE Remarks
  • Use standard language provided by OES
  • If FCIR coordination required, discuss scoring results for each build alternative
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationCE Remarks
  • Acreage of agricultural land to be taken
  • Number of farms impacted
  • Include effects upon farm operations
  • Removal of farm structures
  • Current use of agricultural land impacted
  • Cropland, fallow land, pasture
  • Conservation Easements
  • Impacts to tile drainage, if applicable
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationCE Remarks
  • Permanent and/or temporary field access closures
  • Proposed mitigation, if applicable
  • Economic impacts
  • Agricultural District impacts
  • Number of farms which will have at least 10 acres or 10% acquired
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationCE Remarks
  • Secondary and/or Cumulative Impacts
  • Impact to regional farm economy
  • Resulting development
  • Conversion of farmland to other uses
  • Reduction of support services, which may adversely affect remaining farms
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationPart of CE/Project File
  • Locational mapping
  • Highlight impacted property
  • Highlight farms in Agricultural District
  • Plan sheets with ROW impacts to farmland
  • FCIR Form
  • Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationContacts
  • Doug App, Farmland Coordinator
  • 614-644-0170Doug.App@dot.state.oh.us
  • Kevin E. Davis, OES Policy Supervisor
  • 614-752-2788Kevin.Davis@dot.state.oh.usManaging the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of TransportationQUESTIONS?Managing the Environmental and Project Development ProcessPresented by the Ohio Department of Transportation
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