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.
Fight for Ohio’s State Forests – No Logging!
August 14th, 2014
Ohio DNR wants to clear-cut and burn it’s way through Ohio’s natural forests. Take action
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry is promoting commercial logging in each of the State Forestsagain this fiscal year. The Division has just released the Forest Management Work Plans, which should prioritize the protection of endangered species, promote precious wildlife habitat, and maximize recreation benefits for all Ohioans. Instead, the Ohio Division of Forestry remains focused on making money off of these precious lands through logging. The Ohio Sierra Club is calling for a moratorium on logging of all state forests. Our forests have never been more valuable for stabilizing climate as well as for providing clean air, water and habitat for pollinators and other species.
Ohio has 21 state forests covering more than 200,000 acres – less than 1% of Ohio’s landmass. They are enjoyed by thousands of Ohioans annually and provide habitat for countless rare and endangered species.
The Department has even resorted to cutting down trees next to well-used trails, (like the Shawnee Backpack trail in photo) which reduces the enjoyment of those who recreate. We also remain concerned that logging will take place in areas with rare bird, butterfly, bobcat, and plant species.