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Ohio Division of Forestry To Conduct Virtual Open House

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(Columbus) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry invites the public to attend its annual open house to learn about management plans for Ohio’s state forests. This year’s open house is scheduled for September 1st and will be held virtually.
“Ohio’s state forests are some of our greatest and most beautiful resources,” said Dan Balser, chief of the Division of Forestry. “We want to make sure the public knows that we are doing everything we can to preserve these lands and protect the wildlife that call them home.”
In addition to guidance on management activities, the Division of Forestry will also present a 10-year management plan for the 24 state forests in Ohio. Those forests cover more than 200,000 acres of the state.
The open house process provides an opportunity for the public to better understand, ask questions, and comment on Ohio’s state forest plans for sustainable forestry, which include recreation, treating invasive species, prescribed burning, and timber cruising and harvesting. The virtual meeting will be hosted on Microsoft Teams Live

Ohio’s State Forest Open House
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021

To register for this open house event, or to comment on the plans, visit the Division of Forestry’s  webpage. You can also send an email to: DNR-stateforestworkplancomments@dnr.ohio.gov. A link to the Microsoft Teams Live event will then be emailed to you. This open house will be recorded for future viewing and reference.
Introductory presentation videos and the draft plans are posted on the Division of Forestry website at Forestry.ohiodnr.gov.  You can send your written feedback and questions to DNR-stateforestworkplancomments@dnr.ohio.gov prior to the event so that state forest managers can review and possibly discuss them during the virtual event. Comments will continue to be accepted up to 30 days after the open house and will be considered as plans are finalized.
The Division of Forestry promotes the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit Forestry.ohiodnr.gov. Follow us on Facebook @odnrforestry and on Instagram @odnrforestry (instagram.com/odnrforestry).


Shawnee State Forest To Get Additional Acres

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(COLUMBUS) —The Nature Conservancy and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry are partnering to acquire and conserve 404 acres of important forest land in southern Ohio. The project is a significant step in an ongoing effort led by TNC, the global conservation nonprofit, to conserve a band of unprotected forest between TNC’s 20,000-acre Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve and the DOF’s 64,700-acre Shawnee State Forest.

The project will lead to 2,585 acres being acquired as part of the Forest Legacy Program.  Protecting land here is a key tenet of TNC’s vision to safeguard one of Ohio’s most intact large-scale forest areas. A corridor of conserved lands will allow plants and wildlife to move and adapt over time, maintain working forests that contribute to the local economy, provide recreation opportunities, and help fortify one of the most biologically diverse forests in the Midwest.

Some of the land will become part of Shawnee State Forest, while other parcels will be retained by TNC with DOF providing additional protection by holding a conservation easement. The land to be purchased by the state lies at the western border of Shawnee State Forest, an area known as ‘the Little Smokies of Ohio,’ in reference to the Great Smoky Mountains and the sometimes fog-capped ridges created by the moisture-laden air and dense forest. The Buckeye Trail runs through this land.

The joint protection effort is funded by $4.5 million in federal grants through the Forest Legacy Program, which is a partnership program between the USDA Forest Service and the Ohio Division of Forestry. The program aims to prevent conversion of important forestland to non-forest uses, maintaining the multiple benefits those forests provide.

 “This project is a perfect fit for the Forest Legacy Program, as it protects highly strategic working forests in the Shawnee region that is so important to Ohio for its many benefits,” said Cotton Randall, Forest Legacy Program coordinator for the Ohio Division of Forestry (DOF).

“Where permanent protection represents the first, most visible step, it’s not the only action needed to conserve Ohio’s forests long-term,” says Terry Seidel, director of land protection for TNC Ohio. “Connection to other, adjacent forestland is paramount if we want to maintain and enhance the many benefits our forest systems provide such as recreation, water quality, sustainable timber and climate change mitigation. We prioritize acquiring land in places that build on existing protected areas and encourage other private forestland owners to manage their lands in ways that support the long-term health and sustainability of the forest.”

Investments in conservation through initiatives like the Forest Legacy Program are powerful drivers of economic growth that multiply local, state, and national economies. According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Ohio State University, in an average year there are 171 million outdoor recreation trips in Ohio. These trips infuse $5.9 billion in spending into the state’s economy every year. All told, approximately 132,000 Ohioans are employed in the outdoor recreation sector, which contributes $8.1 billion to our economy. Ohio’s forests also contribute through the forest products industry, which contributes $27.2 billion annually in economic impact. Programs like the Forest Legacy Program help ensure Ohio’s forests can sustainably support both people and nature.

ODNR Firefighters Help Fight California Wildfires

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(COLUMBUS) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry is sending crews to help battle wildfires across the country.  With a high risk of wildfires in northern California right now, ODNR has sent three highly-skilled firefighters along with one engine to help with fire suppression.
“Ohio is well prepared with trained and experienced crews, support staff, and resources for wildfire situations,” said Greg Guess, wildfire supervisor for the Ohio Division of Forestry. “Interagency cooperation is important for safe and efficient emergency management and wildfire suppression.”

In the spring and early summer, the Division of Forestry also helped in the Great Lakes region by sending fire engines and firefighters to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.  Other ODNR wildland firefighters have also assisted and returned from various states as overhead staff.  The firefighters served in dispatch units, provided advanced fire leadership, and worked in logistics support roles. The Division of Forestry will continue to support national wildfire suppression efforts throughout the summer by providing more engines, crews, and qualified individuals when they are needed.
Crews and overhead staff are normally assigned for two weeks but could be extended depending on the situation. Travel, equipment, and wage costs are reimbursed by the requesting federal or state agency.
Here in Ohio, the Division of Forestry trains federal, state, and local agencies in safe and effective wildland fire suppression, manages prescribed fires for forest regeneration, and provides wildfire suppression assistance to other states as part of the national effort to keep communities safe.
Ohio crews and individual management personnel have assisted with hurricanes, floods, and wildfire incidents since 1986.