Land & Resources Management

A Forest Volunteer plants an American Chestnut Tree on a reclaimed mine site.The Wayne National Forest is a working forest that provides multiple uses and multiple products. While visiting you may see management in progress. Some areas are maintained in an open condition, either by bush-hogging or with prescribed fire. In other areas you may see trees being planted, thinned, pruned, or harvested.

The Forest provides diverse habitats for the plant and animal communities of southeastern Ohio. Some tree species for instance, require full sunlight to germinate and grow. Harvesting the over-story also provides for many of the nut and berry producing plants required by some wildlife.

Our goal is that any disturbance in the forest lies lightly on the land, allowing management projects to be compatible with other benefits of the Forest our public enjoys.


National Environmental Policy Act

NEPA analyses are completed on all activities that could have a physical or biological effect on National Forest lands. There are varying levels of analysis depending on the complexity or type of proposal.


Administration of Oil and Gas Activities

graphic of oil well

The Forest Service manages the land surface and some mineral rights. Privately owned oil and natural gas rights underlie approximately 59% or 142,333 acres of WNF system land. 

American Burying Beetles Released

Adults and children work together to release American burying beetles on the Wayne National Forest.

American Burying Beetles, an endangered species were released on the Wayne National Forest in June 2009.