Working Together

Managing a national forest like the Wayne National Forest requires the efforts of not only dedicated employees, but a great many partners and volunteers who contribute greatly to the successful management of forest resources.

Our partners help maintain recreation sites and trails, reduce hazardous fuels, restore watersheds, monitor wildlife populations, improve wildlife and fisheries habitat, inventory and monitor archeological and historic sites, provide input to proposed management activities, conduct conservation education programs, and respond to emergency incidents.

Our partners include a number of federal agencies, tribes, the State of Ohio, conservation organizations, universities, public entities and private citizens. Their assistance is provided through a number of avenues including various grants, partnerships, and volunteer efforts.

The Wayne is a patchwork of ownership with private lands and other landowners interspersed with forest service lands. We have prepared a brochure which explains some of the unique issues related to living next to a national forest.


Investing in the Next Generation of Conservationists

Two men discuss the USDA Forest Service Resource Assistants (RA) Program

The Wayne National Forest is recruiting diverse applicants and hiring new employees by using the USDA Forest Service Resource Assistants (RA) Program.This is a rigorous, immersive, paid internship for individuals interested in Forest Service careers. Through direct training, experience, and exposure, RAs gain the tools to launch their natural and cultural resource careers.

Events Hosted to Celebrate Appalachian Ohio National Public Lands Day

Smokey the bear meets a group of kids with smiles and high fives.

The Wayne National Forest and its partners came together to support four separate events for Appalachian Ohio National Public Lands Day from September 29 through October 1, 2017. The events were part of a coordinated regional effort to promote National Public Lands Day, a larger nationwide celebration to foster environmental stewardship and the use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health.