Just because gas prices have dropped doesn’t mean Ohio should build more highways. Recently, 700 Sierra Club members commented on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) 2014 Statewide Transit Needs Study. Now we have the opportunity to weigh in on the specific projects that ODOT will fund in 2015-2018.
We hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.
Shawnee Wilderness Area Comments Submitted
October 20th, 2009
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.