Teens Invited to Attend Ohio Forestry
and Wildlife Conservation Camp
Camp registration now open
COLUMBUS – Students who are interested in learning more about the outdoors in a hands-on environment while spending a week outside are invited to attend the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp. The camp will be held June 11-16, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The camp is open to all students who have completed the eighth grade through high school seniors graduating the year of camp, which is held at FFA Camp Muskingum on beautiful Leesville Lake in Carroll County.
“This program is ideal for teens who love the outdoors and want to engage in hands-on learning,” said Robert Boyles, Ohio’s state forester. “The Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp is a great opportunity to begin educating the next generation of caretakers of Ohio’s valuable natural resources.”
Programs at this year’s weeklong resident camp include tree identification, ecology, forest industries, wildlife management, forest management, wildlife law enforcement, wildlife identification and watershed health. New this year will be the opportunity for the students to observe and learn from a recent timber harvest at the camp.
The camp is sponsored by the Ohio Forestry Association Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote the wise management of Ohio’s forests and natural resources. The camp is supported by the ODNR divisions of Wildlife and Forestry, Ohio State University Extension and the county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs).
Campers spend the week making new friends, participating in fun camp activities and learning about the environment around them. Camp culminates with a comprehensive exam, including a tree identification section. The highest scoring students compete for college scholarships to Hocking College, The Ohio State University and Ohio University.
Camp costs $375, with sponsorships available to assist interested students who need help covering the fee. Sponsorships are offered through local SWCD offices, sportsmen’s clubs, forestry groups and many private forestry-sector businesses. Students must register by Friday, June 9, to participate, and registration is now open.
For more information and to register for the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, contact the Ohio Forestry Association at 888-38-TREES, or visit the OFA website at ohioforest.org.
Ohio Communities to Receive more than
$2.5 Million for Outdoor Recreation Projects
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has recommended projects from 14 Ohio communities for grant funding, which will exceed $2.5 million. The community-based projects that were selected will help preserve green space and improve outdoor recreational activities for families across Ohio. These funds are pending final approval by the National Park Service and are provided through a federal matching grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
“It is exciting to see the continued emphasis from Ohio’s communities toward providing more outdoor opportunities that everyone can enjoy,” ODNR Director James Zehringer said. “These projects will benefit Ohio families by creating more chances for them to participate in outdoor activities close to home.”
ODNR administers the federal LWCF grant program for Ohio. This round, the LWCF program will support the acquisition of more than 236 acres of green space, as well as the development and improvement of trails, shelter houses, tennis courts, splash pads and other park infrastructure projects. Funding from these grants will also make Ohio’s park infrastructure more accessible. Ohio offers LWCF grant assistance to local communities on a biennial basis.
The LWCF provides up to 50 percent reimbursement assistance for state and local government subdivisions, such as villages and cities, for the acquisition, development and rehabilitation of outdoor recreational areas. The federal grant program is supported by offshore oil lease revenues and other non-tax sources. Many local parks, trails, pools and other outdoor recreation facilities that Ohioans enjoy today were made possible through the federal program, which has awarded more than $152 million to projects in Ohio since its inception in 1965. To learn more about the LWCF, go to: realestate.ohiodnr.gov/outdoor-recreation-facility-grants.
NatureWorks is a similar grant program for outdoor recreation facilities in parks, which is funded through the Ohio Parks and Natural Resources Bond Issue. NatureWorks applications will be accepted until Monday, May 1. Awarded projects will be announced this autumn.
Select projects receiving funding
County; Applicant; Project Title; Description; Total Project Cost; Recommended AWARD
Erie; City of Vermilion; Vermilion Beach Extension; Acquisition of property to extend Vermilion Beach; $325,098; $162,500
Lorain; Elyria Parks and Recreation Department; West Park Spray Park; Install permanent shelter/shade area, security features, lighting and enclosure fence at existing spray park; $400,000; $69,770
Union; Village of Richwood; Lake Baccarat Pedestrian Path; New paved trail, 9/10ths of mile in length; $447,700; $150,000.
ODNR Awards Columbus Recreation and Parks
$790,000 to Fund Recreational Projects
COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has awarded the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department roughly $790,000 to utilize in three recreational projects, including the Alum Creek Trail-Shepard Connector, Southgate Park Development and Olentangy Trail-Arena District Connector.
These projects are part of a statewide effort to improve outdoor recreational opportunities for Ohioans. ODNR has approved more than $14.9 million in project funding through the Clean Ohio Trails Fund, NatureWorks and Recreational Trails Program grants.
Columbus Recreation and Parks strives to create and maintain an enjoyable, safe, aesthetically pleasing and healthful environment for residents and visitors. Visit the CRPD website at columbus.gov/recreationandparks.
Buckeye Big Buck Club Honors Clint McCoy with 2017 Award
The Buckeye Big Buck Club (BBBC) recently honored deer biologist Clint McCoy with the 2017 BBBC Division of Wildlife Employee of the Year Award. Mr. McCoy has been serving Ohioans as the statewide deer biologist since 2014, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
A large part of the nomination for this award is based on Mr. McCoy’s commitment to help manage Ohio’s deer herd for the benefit of all stakeholder groups throughout Ohio. Mr. McCoy’s patience for working with diverse groups of people and his passion for Ohio’s natural resources have been an asset to the ODNR Division of Wildlife. He is a very knowledgeable and talented communicator and biologist, who goes well beyond his job description for the benefit of our sportsmen and women.
The BBBC was founded in 1957 to increase public awareness of trophy-sized white-tailed deer hunting opportunities in Ohio. Working with the ODNR Division of Wildlife, BBBC established a searchable permanent record of Ohio’s trophy deer, which is available online at wildohio.gov. Each year, the organization hosts a banquet, bringing together deer hunting enthusiasts from across the state for a day of scoring, management and hunting seminars, and an awards ceremony. You can learn more about the BBBC by visiting their website.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.