Ohio DNR Reports

Ohio continues to grow WILD School Site program

MANSFIELD, Ohio – The Ohio Bird Sanctuary (OBS) was recently dedicated as an official WILD School Site, according to the Ohio DNR. The Sanctuary is the 175th site dedicated in Ohio and the second in Richland County. OBS partnered with the ODNR Division of Wildlife as well as the Wilderness Center Chapter of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists to design and install a chimney swift tower on…

DNR continues surveillance plan to monitor Ohio’s deer herd for CWD

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Portions of Holmes and Wayne counties will retain their designation as a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) 2015-01 as part of the state’s ongoing surveillance efforts for chronic wasting disease, according to the Ohio DNR. This designation requires that additional rules be followed in this area. In 2014 and 2015, 19 captive white-tailed deer tested positive for CWD…

River sites offer twist to Ohio archery deer hunts

Columbus — The Ohio DNR will offer special archery deer hunts at seven locations, which border three of Ohio’s state scenic rivers, through local lottery drawings. The hunts will offer sportsmen a unique opportunity to explore seldom visited sites, while lessening the impact of deer browsing on native plant populations, according to ODNR. The Scenic Rivers program has identified properties…

Aquatic stewardship, fishing participation get boost in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A total of $190,000 was recently awarded to 43 organizations, conservation clubs and communities from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to increase aquatic stewardship and sport fishing participation in local communities. Each year, the ODNR Division of Wildlife offers aquatic education grants to schools, parks and recreation departments, conservation groups, local governments and other nonprofit organizations…