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State Forestry Open Houses Planned for Late August

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(Columbus) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry invites the public to attend in-person open house events to learn more about management plans for Ohio’s state forests. Held annually, this year’s open house events are scheduled for August 23, 24, and 25.
 
“Ohio’s state forests offer many benefits and opportunities to all Ohioans,” said Dan Balser, chief of the Division of Forestry. “The annual open house events are opportunities for the public to learn about our plans to sustainably manage Ohio’s public forest resources and provide us with feedback and comments.”
 
The Division of Forestry’s forest managers and foresters develop an annual work plan to guide specific management activities for 24 state forests in Ohio. This covers more than 200,000 acres combined. The open house events provide opportunities for the public to better understand, ask questions, and comment on Ohio’s plans for sustainable forestry, which include recreation, treating invasive species, prescribed burning, and timber cruising and harvesting.
 
The public is welcome to attend, ask questions, and submit written comments on the state forest management plan at these in-person open house events:
 

  • Southeastern District, Athens Headquarters
    • Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    • 360 E. State St., Athens 45701
    • For more information, call 740-272-8519.
  • Southern District, Chillicothe Headquarters
    • Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    • 345 Allen Ave., Chillicothe 45601
    • For more information, call 740-774-1596.
  • Northern District, Loudonville Library
    • Thursday, August 25, 2022, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    • 122 E Main St, Loudonville, OH 44842
    • For more information, call 419-424-5004.

 
Open house information and the draft annual work plan are posted on the Division of Forestry’s State Forest Work Plan webpage. If you would like to submit written comments, please send an email with your name to: DNR-stateforestworkplancomments@dnr.ohio.gov.
 
Comments will be accepted for up to 30 days after the open house events, at which time they will be considered as the plans are finalized.

Area Schools To Benefit From State Tree Harvest

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(Columbus)  Sixteen rural Ohio school districts, their corresponding counties, and townships will share $1,579,111 from the harvest of timber from Ohio’s state forests through the Trees to Textbooks program, which operates as part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry.

Several communities in southern Ohio will see some of these funds.
 
“Thanks to ODNR’s good stewardship of natural resources, the state can give back to our schools and local communities through this important program,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “The money from this program is particularly useful in helping school districts keep up with changing technology.”
 
Through the ODNR Division of Forestry’s Trees to Textbooks program, a percentage of the revenue generated from state forest management activity goes to the county, township, and school district in which the activity took place.
 
“Our Trees to Textbooks program is just one of the economic benefits our state forests bring to rural communities,” Chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry, Dan Balser, said. “Sharing these funds locally helps communities provide necessary services and can go a long way in making good schools better.”
 
The Ohio Division of Forestry began distributing timber revenues to counties and townships in the early 1980s. Since the Trees to Textbooks program started in 1999, more than $34 million has been shared with Ohio school districts and local governments.
 
The Ohio Division of Forestry is responsible for the care of more than 200,000 acres of state forests. State forestry experts manage these woodlands for overall health and diversity, soil and water conservation, improved wildlife habitat and a variety of recreational opportunities. Selected trees or areas of woodland are harvested through a competitive bid process, which includes requirements for sound management practices. All work is conducted by certified master loggers under strict monitoring.
 
To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit Forestry.ohiodnr.gov. Follow us on Facebook @odnrforestry and on Instagram @odnrforestry (instagram.com/odnrforestry).
 

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
6pm

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.