Wayne National Forest to Revise Land Management Plan

Release Date: Feb 13, 2018

Contact(s): Gary C. Chancey, (740) 753-0862

NELSONVILLE, Ohio -The Wayne National Forest is pleased to announce that it will begin revising its Land Management Plan this April.

For years, the USDA Forest Service, Ohio Department of Natural Resources [ODNR], and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service [NRCS] have been innovating ways to collaborate in the restoration of southeast Ohio’s oak and hickory forest ecosystems. The next step to realizing that goal and other land management objectives is having compatible long-term management plans that allow the organizations to work together more efficiently across the landscape in southeast Ohio.

“In the state of Ohio, the Wayne National Forest, ODNR, and NRCS are exemplifying how federal and state agencies can work together across boundaries to accomplish an array of goals on the landscape,” said Tony Scardina, Wayne National Forest Supervisor. “With ODNR’s intention of revising Ohio’s Forest Action Plan by 2020, we have decided the time is right to revise our Land Management Plan, so that we can work more collaboratively with the State.”

This spring, the revision process will be formally initiated. It will be accomplished in three general phases as guided by the 2012 Planning Rule. These three phases include assessment of current conditions and trends, plan development, and implementation/monitoring. The Forest Supervisor will be responsible for carrying out this process and making the final plan decision.

“The most important priority in this revision process is transparency and the opportunity for all interested citizens to participate and contribute to the Plan’s development. Over the coming months we look forward to providing more detailed information on the process as well as a wide range of ways in which the public can participate,” continued Scardina.

Because the Wayne National Forest’s current Land Management Plan is relatively new compared with others across the nation, managers aim to complete the revision process in an expeditious manner on pace with the State. The Forest will continue to implement its current Plan, including the administration of oil and gas activities, until a new decision is made.

More information about Land Management Plan Revision and public participation in the process is available at www.fs.usda.gov/wayne.

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The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota.  There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us.


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