Public Comment Requested for Proposed Shawnee State Forest Wilderness Area Management Plan

Public Comment Requested for Proposed Shawnee State Forest Wilderness Area Management Plan

Ohio Department Natural Resources
Ohio Department Natural Resources

COLUMBUS, OH – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry is seeking public input on a recently completed draft management plan for the Shawnee State Forest Wilderness Area. Comments will be accepted through September 14.

The 8,000-acre Shawnee State Forest Wilderness Area, located in Adams and Scioto Counties, was created by state law in 1988 with the intent of creating an area in which past human influences go largely unnoticed, to allow for natural forest succession and to provide an area with outstanding opportunities for solitude and recreational experiences.

The law creating the Shawnee State Forest Wilderness Area specified that every ten years the Wilderness Area's management plan should be updated. ODNR Division of Forestry staff members have reviewed the existing plan and have suggested several revisions designed to provide quality wilderness experiences over the next decade.

Some of the suggested changes include:

  • Restricting camping access during severe wildfire hazard conditions;
  • Requiring the use of a camping stove and prohibiting open fires;
  • Changing approval for wildfire and emergency response within the wilderness area from the Shawnee State Forest Manager to the Incident Commander dealing with the incident.
  • The current plan and the proposed plan can be found at www.ohiodnr.com/forestry. Click on the link, “Shawnee State Forest Wilderness Area Management Plan being reviewed.”

Comments regarding the proposed plan can be submitted by one of the following methods:
E-mail comments to State Forest Program Administrator Nate Kirk, [email protected]
Attend one of the scheduled open houses at the Athens ODNR office on August 19, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; or the Shawnee State Forest office on August 20, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Mail comments to:
Nate Kirk, State Forest Program Administrator
ODNR Division of Forestry
2045 Morse Rd., Building H-1
Columbus, OH 43229-6693

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