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. 

Collaborative Oak Management in Southeast Ohio

A close up of green oak leaves.

The Wayne National Forest strives to use an all-lands, landscape-scale conservation approach in forest management, as over 70% of the landscape in southeast Ohio is held by private woodland owners.  The Forest is one of eight government units serving on the Ohio Interagency Forestry Team.  By working together, agencies seek efficiencies and in turn can grow capacity to be able to collaborate with partners and woodland owners in a shared stewardship approach.  The team is focusing on the restoration of oak-dominated forests in a 17-county area in southeastern Ohio.  This is where most of the state’s forest resources occur, and as oaks are a keystone species, management efforts seek to maintain their dominance and health across the landscape.

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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. 

Administration of Oil and Gas Activities

A rusty well in the forest.

Find out how mineral and gas rights are administered by the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management and how we work with private owners under the guidance of our Forest Plan.

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