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GLIN==> Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2002


OHIO LAKE ERIE COMMISSION TO HOLD QUARTERLY MEETING
ON JUNE 19 IN VERMILION

COLUMBUS, OH -- The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its quarterly 
meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at the Carriage Barn in the 
Vermilion River Reservation, 51211 North Ridge Road in Vermilion.
During the meeting, Dan Martin of Lorain County MetroParks will present an 
overview of the Vermilion River Reservation, a portal site for Lake Erie 
Heritage Area Tourism. Melinda Huntley, executive director of Lake Erie 
Coastal Ohio, will report on the Ohio Lake Erie Strategic Tourism Plan.
All meetings of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission are open to the public and 
include a public comment period. Organizations and citizens are urged to 
attend this meeting and provide input on issues of concern.
The director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources supervises the 
Ohio Lake Erie Commission. Additional commission members include the 
directors of the Ohio departments of environmental protection, 
transportation, development, health and agriculture. The commission was 
established to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, water quality and 
ecosystem. It also promotes economic development in the region.
The commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF). During 
the last nine years, the commission has raised more than $7.5 million 
through the sale of Lake Erie license plates. This money is used to fund 
LEPF grants that focus on improving the quality of Lake Erie and to 
furthering the goals laid out in the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration 
Plan.
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For Further Information Contact:
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations
(614) 265-6860
-or-
Jeff Busch, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514



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