Tree Frog Forestry News

Protect Ohio’s forests

October 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Just as Ohio has begun to recover from decades of deforestation, the state has authorized a more than threefold increase in logging activity in public forests in the past decade. Increased logging is a bad deal for Ohioans. Lawmakers ought to invest in the state’s future and make a priority of the health of Ohio’s forests. A report by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources estimates that 14 percent of Shawnee State Forest’s growth was harvested for timber between 2000 and 2010 — an average of about 2.2 million board feet a year during that period. Since then, harvest levels from Shawnee have increased steadily, with about 4 million board feet harvested in 2013.