Land & Resources Management

The Wayne National Forest is a working forest that provides multiple uses and multiple products. For instance, some areas are maintained in an open condition, either by bush-hogging or with prescribed fire, while in other areas you may see trees being planted, thinned, pruned, or harvested.

The Forest provides diverse habitats for the plant and animal populations that make up the Forest. Our management practices are guided by our Forest Plan, which outlines forest conditions and outcomes that drive the managment decisions required to keep the Forest healthly and productive. These outcomes provide multipe uses for the communities of southeast Ohio, as well as the nation. 

While visiting you may see management in progress. 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.


Land Management Plan Revision

Trail with Wildflowers - credit: Becky Stewart

The Wayne National Forest has begun the process of revising the principal document that guides the decisions of Forest Service managers. Our Forest Plan is being revised to facilitate collaborative work efforts with our state partners. This is the first revision to the Forest Plan since 2006. 

Administration of Oil and Gas Activities

A rusty well in the forest.

The federal government only owns approximately 41% of the mineral rights beneath the surface the Wayne National Forest.  The remaining rights are owned by private landowners. Find out how these rights are administered by the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management and how we work with the rights of private owners under the guidance of our Forest Plan. 

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Forest Projects

This page includes links and information on projects which implement the Forest Plan. You can track current projects and get involved, or view an archive of many past projects.

Travel Management

This section contains the Wayne National Forest's plans for future road management and addressing concerns about the future sustainability of the national forest's road system.


Resource Management

This section includes information and descriptions of management practices for forest resources such as timber, plants, wildlife, water and more. 

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.