Save our Shawnee Forest

Save our Shawnee Forest

The Shawnee State Forest Wilderness Area is Ohio’s one and only designated state wilderness, containing more than 8,000 acres of undeveloped forest land located in Adams and Scioto counties.

Thanks to coordinated efforts with our partners, including Ohio Environmental Council, Buckeye Forest Council, and Voices for the Forest, the comment period for the wilderness plan was extended an extra month (Oct. 20) to provide more time for thoughtful citizen input.

Every ten years the plan is updated by the Ohio Division of Forestry.  The plan covers wilderness rules, fire protection, insect and disease control, recreation, vegetation and wildlife management, and research. We encourage citizen input to demonstrate support for the highest level of protection.  The Shawnee Wilderness Area is a unique Ohio treasure that provides valuable habitat, clean air and water, a carbon sink, and  recreation and research opportunities.

The proposed Shawnee State Forest Wilderness Area Plan was developed without a public input process, which is in contradiction to past practice as well as to the authorizing Ohio Revised Code (1503.43).  It weakens the current plan (1999-2009) in a number of ways and should not be adopted in its present form. We recommend  the re-adoption of the 1999-2009 Plan with modifications.  Click here for Shawnee wilderness area comments. View the planning documents on the Ohio Division of Forestry’s website.