Opportunity Zone investments got a boost in 2020

first_imgEmail Address* Message* TagsCommercial Real EstateInvestment Salestaxes Share via Shortlink Contact Akiko Matsudacenter_img Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Robert Morse, executive chairman of Bridge Investment Group, one of the major Opportunity Zone investors focusing on real estate. (Bridge, Stanford) It was a good year for Opportunity Zones.More than $12 billion was invested in Opportunity Funds by the end of August, Bloomberg News reported, citing the most recent data available from Novogradac.The tax deferral program, which was formalized in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, got off to a slow start partly because the regulations were unclear. Thanks to the rules finalized in December 2019, along with the strong rebound of the stock market last year, investors took advantage of the tax-deferral measure to reinvest their capital gains into Opportunity Zone projects.“We actually turned away capital,” said Robert Morse, executive chairman of Bridge Investment Group, one of the major Opportunity Zone investors focusing on real estate. The firm’s investment amounted to nearly $2 billion — twice as much as in 2019 — and he expects to pour about $1 billion more into Opportunity Zones this year.The tax deferral program aims to give developers incentive to invest into economically deprived neighborhoods. By investing their capital gains in Opportunity Zone projects, property owners and developers are allowed to delay paying capital gains taxes until 2026. If they keep the investments for more than a decade, the tax liability disappears.But critics have argued some of the designated zones didn’t need any incentives to attract investors or were not poor areas, while others said they enrich developers without any evidence or metrics to show their Opportunity Zone projects benefit the neighborhoods they are in.President-elect Joe Biden has suggested reforms to the program, including incentivizing developers to partner with community organizations, and a more robust system for reporting on the impacts of developers’ investments.[Bloomberg News] — Akiko Matsuda Read moreLIC Opportunity Zone dev site asks $60MReal estate deals dominate Opportunity Zones. Is that bad?At final presidential debate, talk of Opportunity Zones and “little tiny windows”last_img read more

UPDATED: Dopapod Teases Imminent Return Following Year-Long Hiatus

first_imgDopapod posted another update on Tuesday, January 22nd, as the rumor mill runs wild.The newly published comic reads, “December 31st, 2017. In the midst of Dopapod’s New Year’s Eve show at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, a time warping portal mysteriously appeared, abducting the band into another dimension. Rumors quickly spread as fans speculated the whereabouts of the band. The portal has gone unseen for over a year. As fans began to lose hope, whispers of the portal reopening somewhere in the Northeast have been reported.” Following their 2017–2018 New Year’s Eve show, jam scene favorites, Dopapod, began a year-long hiatus. Comprised of guitarist Rob Compa, drummer Neal “Fro” Evans, bassist Chuck Jones, and keyboardist Eli Winderman, the band has a deep history dating back to 2007, with over 1,000 lives shows under their belts.Prior to going on hiatus, Dopapod shared, “Following seven years of ceaseless touring, the sabbatical is a blueprint for wellness borne from love and mutual respect amongst old friends. It’s a pre-emptive move of self-preservation inspired by the TED Talk, ‘The Power of Time Off’.”“Every seven years, this guy closes his design firm and everyone who works for the company works on their own projects for the year,” explained Eli Winderman. “When they come back, everyone is inspired and working with a newfound sense of excitement.”Today, Dopapod has updated their website and profile pictures on their social media accounts, hinting at the band’s imminent return to getting back together and hitting the road. Keep your eyes peeled on Dopapod’s website and social media accounts for impending news.last_img read more

Officials: Florida Woman Dies in Gunfire Exchange with Deputies

first_imgThe woman was pronounced dead at the scene after being treated by emergency personnel.None of the deputies were injured.The names of those involved have not been released.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation into the shooting. A Florida woman was shot and killed Saturday after firing at sheriff deputies, authorities said.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said in a series of Twitter posts that the woman fled during an investigation in Port Richey.According to authorities, the woman fired a shot at the deputies, who then shot back, striking her once.last_img

Narrow win for Mick at English Disability Open

first_imgCaption: Mick Horsley in action at the English Disability Open (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography). Derbyshire’s Mick Horsley won the 2018 English Disability Open by the slender margin of one stroke at The Warwickshire.Groves, from Marriott Breadsall Priory, completed 36 holes in 154, and pipped George Groves of Copthorne, Sussex. It was the second year in a row that Groves had to settle for the runner-up position.Horlsey opened with two-over par 74 on the Kings course, followed by a mixed bag in the rain on the second day on the Earls. His card included two eagles on par fives, but dropped shots pushed his score to eight-over 80.Groves, meanwhile shot 73 82, while third place went to Lewis Eccles of Grange Park, Yorkshire, with 77 82.Horsley also won the Category One handicap prize with his two-under net score. Category Two was won by Mike Wraight of Foxhills, Surrey, with a net score of two-over. The Category Three stableford was won by Ciaran Murphy of North Wilts with 57 points.The third English Disability Open was co-sanctioned by England Golf and Balasa Golf. It offered a championship for golfers of all impairments, creating one umbrella event for disabled golf in England.The event welcomed over 40 golfers, including three women.Jamie Blair, Disability Manager for England Golf, commented: “We had a fantastic two days and Mick Horsley put on a great performance to take overall title, battling the course and the wet conditions to win. It was brilliant to have the support of BALASA, the referees, the seniors section from the club and The R&A.”Next year, England Golf will take over the management of this event and making it part of their annual calendar of events. Tags: Disability Open, Mick Horsley, The Warwickshirecenter_img 31 Aug 2018 Narrow win for Mick at English Disability Open last_img read more

Alcazar welcomes Maradona to Pattaya

first_imgThe Alcazar Show in Pattaya was delighted to welcome Argentinean football legend Diego Armando Maradona and his partner Veronica Ojeda as guests of honour for a special performance at the cabaret show lounge on the evening of Friday, March 4. During his brief visit to the city for a private holiday, Maradona had the chance to experience the spectacular song and dance show and get up close and personal with a few of the Alcazar’s beautiful stars.Argentinean football legend Diego Armando Maradona (center right) and his girlfriend Veronica Ojeda (center left) meet some of the stars of the Alcazar cabaret show on Friday, March 4.last_img

Who needs what in the Champions League: Liverpool face must win encounter to make it out of the Group

first_imgLiverpool must defeat Napoli next month in order to reach the last 16 (Photos by Agencies)After Match-Day 5 in the UEFA Champions League, 12 teams have now confirmed their participation in the next round of the competition. However, there are four more spots to play for on the last Match-day of this year’s group stages.Here is who has made it to the round of 16 so far and those still in contention for the final four spots.Group A:Following Wednesday’s results, both Atletico Madrid and Borrusia Dortmund sealed their spots in the round of 16 leaving Club Brugge to settle for the Europa League.Atletico defeated Monaco 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano thanks to goals from Koke and Antoine Griezmann to move to 12 points, two ahead of Dortmund in second place.The last games in the group will see Diego Simone’s side travel to Belgium to face Club Brugge while Dortmund takes on Monaco at the Stade Luis. The only thing left to play for in this group is who tops the standings. If Lucien Favre’s side better Atletico’s result on Match-Day six, they will top the group but all that Atletico require now is a win in their last game to ensure they win the group.Group B:Barcelona’s 2-1 win over PSV on Wednesday night ensured that the Catalans qualify for the next round top of the Group.However, second place is still up for grabs as Tottenham and Inter Milan are both locked on 7 points each. Spurs did themselves a huge favour by beating the Italians 1-0 in London yesterday thanks to a Christain Eriksen 80th minute strike.Eriksen scored the winner as Spurs defeated Inter 1-0 on WednesdayA win for Spurs away to Barcelona will see them through while Inter are now required to better the English side’s result if they are to make it to the next round as Maurico Pochettino’s side hold a better head to head record.PSV is out of contention as they sit bottom of the pile, six points behind third placed Inter.Group C:This is the only group in which every side heads into the final Match-Day with something to play for.Leaders Napoli who defeated Crvena Zvezda 3-1 on Wednesday go into the last game away to Liverpool needing only to avoid defeat to ensure progression to the next round. For Jurgen Klopp’s side, they are required to defeat Napoli 1-0 or by two clear goals in order to make it to the last 16.PSG, who are currently second in the group, only require a point away to Zvezda to ensure qualification after all, both Napoli and Liverpool cannot win on Match-Day six.There opponents Zvezda are also still in contention for a Europa League spot as a win over PSG coupled by a defeat for Liverpool at home to Napoli would see the Serbs make it to Europe’s second lucrative competition.Group D:Like Group A, this one is also sorted in terms of who makes it to the next round. Porto ensured top spot on Wednesday thanks to a 3-1 win over Schalke while Galatasary also made it to the next round despite losing 2-0 away to Lokomotive Moscow on the same day.What is left to play for is the Europa League spot and it will be all fire-works when Schalke hosts Lokomotive Moscow next month. The Germans currently occupy third with four points, one head of Yury Semin’s side.All that Schalke needs is to avoid defeat at the VELTINS Arena so as to qualify for the Europa League knock-out stage.Group E:This one is also done and dusted in terms of who makes it to the next round. Bayern are currently top of the pile with 13 points following their 4-1 victory over Benfica on Tuesday. However, they will need to avoid defeat away to second placed Ajax who defeated AEK Athens 2-0, if they are to top the group.Ajax (11) head into next month’s game only two points behind Bayern (13) and a win over the Bavarrians will see Erik Ten Hag’s side finish in top spot.For the Europa League spot, it belongs to Benfica who have four more points than the winless AEK Athens.Group F:Manchester City ensured qualification from the group after drawing 2-2 away to Olympic Lyon on Tuesday. However, they still require a point in their last game at home to rooted-Hoffenheim so as to finish as group leaders.City require only a point to top Group FIn this group, all eyes will be on the game between Shakhtar Donetsk and Lyon with second place up for grabs. Shakhtar’s thrilling 3-2 win over Hoffenheim on Tuesday means that the Ukrainian champions enter into the last game only two points behind second placed Lyon and a win over Bruno Genesio’s side will see them (Shakhter) finish second.However, if they lose and Hoffenheim defeats City, the Germans will make it to the Europa League while Paulo Fonseca’s side will have no more European football to play this season.Another permutation in the group will be who finishes top. If City lose to Hoffenheim and Lyon defeats Shakhter, the French side wins the group by virtual of a better head to head record.Group G:Like in both Group A and D, only the Europa League place is up for grabs in G too.With Real Madrid and Roma already into the round of 16, Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow who are both tied on 4 points apiece will have third place in their sights come Match-Day six. Plzen will be required to match or better CSKA’s result next month to seal a Europa League spot as the Czechs hold a better head to head record on the Russians.Top spot in the group will go to Real following their 2-0 win over Roma in Rome on Tuesday. The result meant that Santiago Solari’s side now sit three points above Roma and with a 5-0 head to head advantage, no result can see the Los Blancos relinquish top spot.Group H:This one too is done and dusted and the only thing left to play for is who wins the Group. Bot Juventus who are currently top (12) and second placed Manchester United (10) defeated Valencia and Young Boys 1-0 in their respective Match-Day five fixtures to ensure qualification to the next round.United can still finish top of Group HTuesday’s results also sealed Valencia’s Europa League spot as the Spanish side are currently four points ahead of Young Boys with only a single game to play.The finals games see Juventus travel to Young Boys while Valencia entertain Man United. The Old Lady are required to defeat Young Boys or better United’s result in Spain to ensure top spot in the group. If Juve draw at Young Boys and United defeat Valencia, Ronaldo and co will have to settle for second.Match-Day Six Fixtures:Tuesday, 11-12-2018.-Galatasary vs Porto-Schalke 04 vs Lokomotive Moscow-Club Brugge vs Atletico Madrid-Monaco vs Borrusia Dortmund-Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspurs-Inter Milan vs PSV-Liverpool vs Napoli-Crvena Zvezda vs PSGWednesday, 12-12-2018.-Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow-Viktoria Plzen vs Roma-Ajax Amsterdam vs Bayern Munich-Benfica vs AEK Athens-Shakhtar Donetsk vs Olympic Lyon-Manchester City vs Hoffenheim-Young Boys vs Juventus-Valencia vs Manchester UnitedDON’T FORGET TO BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: topuefa champions leaguelast_img read more

New social welfare scheme opens for unemployed artists

first_imgA pilot scheme has opened to visual artists and writers under the Creative Ireland Programme allowing them to focus on their creative output.A review of the pilot scheme for artists was recently undertaken by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in consultation with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.In line with this recommendation, Ministers Doherty and Josepha Madigan announced, on 5 July 2019, that the scheme would be extended on a permanent basis to other self-employed artists such as those working in theatre and music. This expanded scheme recognises the unique creative circumstances of professional artists in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance and gives them special assistance in their first year out of work.Professional artists engaged in a wide variety of art forms who are on Jobseeker’s Allowance will now be able to focus on their artistic work and to develop their portfolio.  They will be exempt from participating in the normal labour market activation activities for the first year that they are out of work.Minister Doherty said: “Ireland is well known throughout the world for its unique contribution to all art forms.  Giving professional artists an opportunity to expand their creative work in a practical way is our way of acknowledging the important work that professional artists do.“We know that creativity must be fostered and allowed to develop rather than imposing restrictions on the time needed to produce creative work to a professional standard. “I am delighted to extend my Department’s scheme as was recommended in the review undertaken by my Department in consultation with the Department of Culture Heritage and Gaeltacht.“I would also like to acknowledge the support and input from The Arts Council along with representatives from Visual Artists Ireland and the Irish Writers Centre.“My Department looks forward to accepting applications from professional artists who satisfy the qualifying conditions and to support them in the development of their professional careers.”The review recommended that the pilot should be established as a permanent scheme in its own right and extended to include professionals from other artistic disciplines.Minister Madigan commented: “This Government recognises the crucial role that the arts and culture play in our nation. That’s why we have already made significant progress on our public commitment to double funding for culture, heritage and the Gaeltacht by 2025.  In Budget 2019, funding for arts and culture increased by €22.6m to almost €190m, an increase of 14% on 2018.Artists, performers and stage designers are central to this. They deserve our full support particularly given the significant income challenges they can face.That’s why we expanded this scheme, a pilot initiative of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme, to include other self-employed artists.The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will work with the Arts Council and the representative bodies for artists from different art forms to develop an independent and objective validation process that will certify the artists’ professional credentials.” In order to qualify for the scheme, professional artists must apply for and satisfy the qualifying conditions for Jobseeker’s Allowance including a means test.They must be unemployed, capable of, available for and actively seeking work.  Applicants are also required to provide a certificate/declaration from their professional body as to their status as a professional artist.They must be registered as self-employed with the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and at least 50% of their income should be derived from their art in the previous year.Participants on the scheme can continue on a voluntary basis to avail of the supports of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s Public Employment Service.Visual artists from Visual Artists Ireland and writers from the Irish Writer’s Centre have now been joined on the scheme by screenwriters, film directors and film actors.The theatre art form is open to actors, costume designers, theatre directors, set designers and stage designers.Musicians, dancers, choreographers, opera composers and circus and street performers complete the list of artistic disciplines who are now included in the scheme.New social welfare scheme opens for unemployed artists was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal company creates world’s first ‘little person’ doll

first_imgA Donegal toy company has paid tribute to disability activist Sinéad Burke by creating a limited edition replica of the Dublin woman.Lottie Dolls went out of their way to smash the myth that one size fits all as it created the unique Sinéad doll.The doll, which was launched on World Dwarfism Awareness Day, is the world’s first ‘little person’ doll. Sinéad has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.At 3’5” tall, she’s responsible for introducing the term for a little person, ‘duine beag’, to the Irish language. “Organised, articulate and creative by nature” is how she describes herself.The Sinéad activist doll comes dressed in a red dress with red shoes, the doll takes inspiration from a stunning Rochas dress Sinéad wore to the Elle 2018 awards.Lottie Dolls has joined forces with activist and changemaker Sinead Burke (pictured), becoming the world’s first toy brand to create a small person doll, launching on ‘World Dwarfism Awareness Day’. Photo Fennell Photography 2019The doll has the same head and torso proportions as all of the Lottie range and her hands, arms and legs are smaller and Achondroplasia proportion. Sinéad herself has never allowed her stature to stand in her way.She said “There’s that phrase, ‘if you can see it, you can be it’. As a littler person, I have lived my life in a world that was not designed for me, and in an era where my experience was never reflected in culture, in the books that were in my classroom library or in the dolls that I played with as a child.“I’m incredibly honoured to volunteer on this project with Lottie Dolls because the potential for this to change how little people see themselves, and how the world views little people is immeasurable.”The first small person doll by Lottie Dolls, launching on ‘World Dwarfism Awareness Day’. Photo Fennell Photography 2019Sinéad is a contributing Editor to British Vogue, an Irish writer, academic, activist and broadcaster, popular for her TED talk ‘Why design should include everyone’. Appointed by President Michael D Higgins, Sinéad is a member of Ireland’s Council of State.She appeared on the cover for The Business of Fashion in May 2018 and was selected by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, Sinéad appeared on the cover of British Vogues September Issue and was recently named in BBC’s “100 Women of 2019”. Lottie Dolls, which is based in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, was first launched seven years ago and reflect the proportions of real-life 9 year old children. The Sinéad doll is representative of Sinéad also at 9 years of age.They are dressed comfortably in clothes that are made from colourful and tactile fabrics. They have play-sets that encourage outdoor play, from fishing, body-boarding to fossil-hunting.Ian Harkin, the Ballybofey man behind the groundbreaking brand, said working with Sinéad has been an amazing experience.He said ”I came across a statistic by UNESCO a number of years back which really struck me, it stated that 32% of all kids have been bullied within the last month, the main reasons for it are visual differences, nationality, race or colour. “We discovered research by Psychologist Dr Sian Jones at Queen Margaret’s University in Edinburgh, which studied the effects of playing with toys with differences, on the attitudes of children without difference.“Interviewing hundreds of children, she found that after playing with toys like the Sinéad doll, children were more open to forming friendships with peers with difference.“That to me was so powerful, that a toy could be used as a tool to develop empathy and understanding of differences as much as a toy to bring joy, so we decided we would make it part of our mission to be more inclusive in our design.“We’ve long-admired Sinéad and her activism and values, which are closely aligned with our own, and formed a friendship through the years, we were privileged to have Sinéad’s input, insights, design-eye and keen involvement as we collaborated on this project.”The Sinéad doll was created in partnership with the charity, Little People of Ireland. €1 from the sale of each Sinéad doll sold on the Lottie website will be donated to the charity.The Sinead Doll can be pre-ordered for €20 on www.lottie.comDonegal company creates world’s first ‘little person’ doll was last modified: October 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:achondroplasiaDISABILITY AWARENESSlittle personLottie dollssinead burkelast_img read more

South Africa approves CO2 capture plan

first_img7 May 2012 South Africa’s Cabinet has approved a plan to capture and store carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, in deep geologic formations.“Cabinet endorsed the Carbon Capture and Storage Roadmap,” Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane said at a media briefing in Pretoria on Friday.Carbon capture and storage has been identified in the government’s long-term mitigation scenarios plan as one of the options to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, one of the main drivers behind global warming.“One of government’s strategic objectives is mitigation against carbon emissions and adaptation to the impact of climate change,” Chabane said following the Cabinet’s latest fortnightly meeting.South Africa relies heavily on fossil fuels (coal, gas and oil) for its energy production.Chabane said South Africa had voluntarily committed to reduce its CO2 emissions by 34 percent by 2020, and by 45 percent by 2025, on condition that the requisite technological and financial support was provided.“Carbon capture and storage can reduce CO2 emissions by 80 to 90 percent … particularly CO2 from sources such as electricity generation plants, coal-to-liquid plants and cement manufacturing plants,” he said.Carbon capture and storage involves capturing CO2 from a point source, such as a power station or coal-to-fuel plant; transporting it, usually by pipeline; and pumping it down a borehole into porous rock formations deep underground, where it is contained and stored.A recently-released Geological Storage Atlas has identified potential carbon capture and storage areas in South Africa.It is understood the next step in the carbon capture and storage “roadmap” process will be a test injection of CO2 into a suitable geologic formation, to determine whether such storage can be safely undertaken in South Africa.Sapalast_img read more

A hunting we will go: laws landowners need to know

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramWith archery season in full swing and deer gun season opening today, hunters will be out in full force across Ohio. That means it’s also high season for questions about hunting laws, trespassers, property harm, and landowner liability. Below, we provide answers to the top ten frequently asked questions we receive on these topics.I gave them permission to hunt on my land, but do I have to sign something? Permission to hunt should be in writing. Ohio law requires a person to obtain written permission from a landowner or the landowner’s agent before hunting on private lands or waters and to carry the written permission while hunting. A hunter who doesn’t obtain written permission can be subject to criminal misdemeanor charges. ORC 1533.17. The ODNR provides a permission form at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/wildlife/pdfs/publications/hunting/Pub8924_PermissiontoHunt.pdf. If a hunter uses another form, read it carefully before signing and ensure that it only addresses hunting and doesn’t grant other rights that you don’t want to allow on the land. Do family members need a license to hunt on my land? Some of them will, depending on their relationship to you. Resident landowners, their children of any age and their grandchildren under the age of 18 are exempt from the hunting license requirement when hunting on the landowners’ private lands and waters. The same rule applies if a limited liability company (LLC), limited liability partnership (LLP) or a trust holds the land and the LLC, LLP or trust has three or fewer members, partners, trustees and beneficiaries, as long as the LLC member, LLP partner or trustee is a resident of Ohio. When the landowner is not a resident, only the landowner, spouse and children of any age may hunt without a license, and only if the landowner’s state of residency grants the same rights to Ohioans who own land in that state. ORC 1533.10. Family members who don’t fall under the license exemption must obtain a hunting license and follow the written permission requirement. Does a hunter need my permission to retrieve an animal injured on another property? The written permission requirement applies to all of these activities: shooting, shooting at, catching, killing, injuring, or pursuing a wild bird, wild waterfowl or wild animal. ORC 1533.17. Will I be liable if a hunter is injured on my land? Probably not. Two laws apply to this situation, depending upon whether you gave the hunter permission. A landowner is not liable for injuries to or harm caused by a hunter who does not have written permission to be on the land. ORC 1533.17. Ohio’s Recreational User Statute applies when a hunter does have permission to be on the land; it states that a landowner has no legal duty to keep the premises safe for a hunter and assumes no responsibility for or incurs liability for any injury to person or property caused by any act of a hunter. ORC 1533.181. Note that this immunity doesn’t apply if the landowner charges a fee for hunting, unless the fee is a payment made under a hunting lease with a hunter or hunting group. ORC 1533.18. Read more about the law in our law bulletin, here. These laws provide significant protection from liability for hunter injuries, but won’t protect a landowner who willfully or recklessly causes harm to hunters. One situation that might rise to the level of willful or reckless conduct by a landowner is granting permission to too many hunters and failing to inform or manage the hunters, explained below. What if several people want to hunt on my land—how many should I allow? Ohio law does state how many hunters can have permission to hunt on a parcel, but be careful about setting up a dangerous situation by allowing multiple hunters on the land at once. If you do give permission to several hunters, let them know that others could also be hunting on the land and designate a particular parking area so that they know when other hunters are present. You could even consider scheduling hunters on certain days. If the hunters are part of a hunting club, consider leasing your land to the hunting club and letting the club decide how to manage multiple hunters (see our Hunting Lease checklist, here). Taking such steps to manage multiple hunters will ensure that you aren’t behaving recklessly and have immunity from liability under the Recreational User Statute. Should I allow a hunter to bring along someone who’s not hunting? In regards to liability for that person, the Recreational User Statute described above applies to any person engaging in any kind of recreational activity, in addition to hunting. Hiking or walking on the land is a recreational activity covered under the law. As long as you give permission and don’t charge the recreational user a fee, the law provides immunity from liability for their injuries. What if a hunter leaves a tree stand or a blind on my land—can I get rid of it? It depends. It’s okay to carefully remove a stand or blind from the area, but be careful about damaging or getting rid of it too soon if it’s the property of a hunter who had permission to be on the land. According to Ohio common law, you might be liable for the property under a claim of “conversion” if the property is not “abandoned” or “lost.” Abandoned property is that to which the owner has relinquished all rights with the intention of not reclaiming it, while lost property is that which the owner has involuntarily parted with through neglect, carelessness, or inadvertence. A finder who possesses abandoned property takes absolute title to the property, while a finder of lost property takes title against everyone except the owner. In either case, destroying or disposing of property that is not abandoned or lost could lead to a claim of conversion, and you could be liable for the damages. What if a hunter who had my permission to hunt ends up harming my property? There are two ways with deal with property harm from hunters. First, the hunting laws prohibit a hunter from acting in a negligent, careless or reckless manner so as to injure persons or property. Violating this law can lead to first degree misdemeanor charges and compensation to the landowner, as well as revocation of the hunting licenses and permits. ORC 1533.171 and 1533.99. Second, Ohio law allows a landowner to seek compensation for the “reckless “destruction of vegetation, trees and crops under ORC 901.51. Reckless means acting intentionally and without regard for consequences. If successful, a landowner can receive triple the amount of the harm caused to the property. What can I do to a trespasser who’s hunting on my land? Dealing with trespassers is tricky. First, don’t willfully harm the trespasser, as you could be liable for causing intentional harm. Second, call your local ODNR wildlife officer or the Turn in a Poacher program, below, to report the incident. Third, read our law bulletin on “Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with Trespassers on the Farm,” available on farmoffice.osu.edu, here. What if I see someone violating hunting laws? ODNR’s “Turn in a Poacher” program encourages the public to report wildlife violations such as hunting out of season or without a license or permission. The program provides several ways to report: complete an online form available at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/stay-informed/turn-in-a-poacher-tip and submit it through the internet or via mail, call the TIP hotline at 1-800-POACHER, or use the same number to text photos of suspects, vehicles or signs of violations. All reports are confidential. The nursery rhyme “A Hunting We Will Go” paints a happy-go-lucky picture of hunting. But hunting raises many questions and concerns for agricultural landowners. Ohio law offers rules and remedies that can ease those concerns. Landowners who know and use the laws just might be able to hum along with the nursery rhyme through hunting season.last_img read more