ODNR Awards $17 Million to Transform Abandoned Mine Lands

AMLER grants to be used in six communities.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will grant $17 million to encourage economic and community development across Appalachian Ohio.  Pending federal approval for the recommended Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Program (AMLER) projects, the Division of Mineral Resources Management (MRM) will fund six projects that eliminate hazards left behind by historical mining activity and/or improve areas with abandoned mine lands in six counties.

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Ohio Intensifies Effort to Control Invasive Plants in State Forests

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry is intensifying efforts to control non-native invasive trees and shrubs within Ohio’s state forests. The two major species of concern are tree of heaven and bush honeysuckle.

Tree of heaven is a fast-growing tree that can produce more than 300,000 wind-dispersed seeds per year.  

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Division of Wildlife Dedicates 200th WILD School Site

FAYETTEVILLE, Ohio – Fayetteville Elementary School was recently dedicated as an official WILD School Site, the 200th site in Ohio and first in Brown County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Projects implemented at Fayetteville Elementary Learning Garden include space for pollinators, a rain barrel, a composting bin, and native tree plantings.

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CWD Testing Continues in Surveillance Area


UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife has confirmed that three white-tailed deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) following the collection of 637 samples in the fall of 2022. During the 2022 deer hunting season, testing has been performed in the disease surveillance area of Hardin, Marion, and Wyandot counties on hunter-harvested and road-killed deer, as well as through targeted sampling.

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Know the Dangers Beneath the Surface

ODNR Reminder: Water temperatures can be treacherously cold as the weather turns.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Winter is right around the corner and before you know it, temperatures will drop.  For those still getting out on Ohio’s lakes and rivers, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reminding people that cold water will cool a body 25 times faster than cold air of the same temperature. 

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