Monday, August 26, 2013

ODNR agency briefs

Department of Natural Resources -- The growing number of Ohioans who own a small woodlot can now access an online tool that provides information on tree planting, native woodland maintenance, water protection and other areas, ODNR officials said Friday.  "Small woodlots are important because they support wildlife, clean the air and water and provide renewable forest products," said Robert Boyles, state forester and chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. "We hope small-woodlot owners will find the information on our website useful in their efforts to care for their woods, which will benefit all Ohioans."

The department's Ohio Wildlife Council also approved the 2013-14 waterfowl hunting season dates this week, ODNR reported.  Changes include a decrease in the scaup bag limit to three, as well as an increase in the canvasback bag limit to two. Youth waterfowl season will now take place Oct. 5-6 across the state, officials added.

In a separate release ODNR officials said they will host open houses to discuss proposed abandoned mine land projects throughout the state.  The department, in November, will apply for more than $10 million in grants from the U.S. Department of the Interior for abandoned mine reclamation projects, which are to be completed between January 2014 and December 2016.  The open houses will take place in the evenings beginning in mid-September for:  Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Wayne: Sept. 16 at 3601 Newgarden Road, Salem;  Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Scioto, Vinton: Sept. 17 at 280 E. State St., Athens;  Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Washington: Sept. 18 at 11296 E. Pike Road, Cambridge; and, Carroll, Coshocton, Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas: Sept. 19 at 2207 Reiser Ave. SE, New Philadelphia.

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