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Get on the Bus to Cut Fracking Pollution!

The oil and gas industry is running amok, and public health, our climate, and our communities arepaying the price. Fracking can never be made safe, but the EPA is developing important new rules to slash climate pollution from the oil and gas industry. But we need you to make sure the EPA approves strong protections.


The EPA is holding one of three public hearings in Pittsburgh to get input directly from people like you. Join hundreds of activists and concerned citizens on September 29 to show the EPA that we demand an end of business-as-usual for the oil and gas industry.

Reserve Your Seat on the Bus Today >>



Stop Toxins from Algae in Drinking Water

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Click here to submit public comments to Ohio EPA by November 19.

1.) Insist algae toxin standards be created for Ohio drinking water supplies

2.) Request mandatory testing to occur at community water systems



Don’t Let Ohio Coal Get A Bailout


Carbon pollution rolls from Sammis Coal-fired Power Plant. Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers. credit: Akron Beacon Journal

In June 2014, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that guts Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards. Passing this new law was not enough for Ohio’s utilities, though. 

Now, Ohio’s largest electric utilities, AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy are seeking to keep a number of Ohio’s oldest and dirtiest power plants open for years to come.

And they want you and me to pay for it.

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Forests and Public Lands

The Ohio Chapter Forest and Public Lands Committee works with members and organizational allies who have a common interest in preserving Ohio’s forests and public lands for existing and future generations.  The committee welcomes new volunteers to help us move forward the following goals:

Protect Ohio’s state forests, parks, and nature preserves from harmful activities such as clear-cutting, mineral extraction, and oil and gas drilling.
Promote the sustainable and beneficial use of public lands, such as low-impact recreation, species habitat, carbon sequestration, and clean air and water.
Participate in forest planning processes with Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and encourage widespread public input on proposals that impact our state forests, parks, and nature preserves.
Participate in hikes and encourage public appreciation of Ohio’s valuable forests and outdoor areas.
Study the environmental impacts of using forest biomass as a potential fuel source, and participate in existing Chapter efforts to address issues surrounding biomass.

Contact Loraine McCosker, Forest Committee Chair, to learn more and to get involved today.


Forests and Public Lands - Latest News

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Through a collaboration of the Sierra Club and other environmental organization across the state, a letter was submitted to the Governors office, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the local officials in Jefferson County.  In a recent and fast moving development, the state has proposed a plan to sell the Jefferson Lake State Park to Jefferson County.  This may not seem problematic on the surface, but the danger lies in the details! Read More

The Shawnee State Forest Economic Study, commissioned by the Buckeye Forest Council, the Ohio Environmental Council and the Sierra Club Ohio Chapter, details how the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry (DOF) management of our state forests is a loss leader for Ohio taxpayers.


Bayler Shubert, son of Sierra Club members Mark and Marcia Shubert of Amesville, Ohio has recently been accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador Program.  This initiative, started in the 1950’s by President Eisenhower, was meant to expand his vision for cultural understanding and perhaps world peace. Read More

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.

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