Parks & Forests

Public Lands Organizer

The Ohio Environmental Council seeks a full-time Public Lands Defense Organizer to defend federal conservation laws and Ohio’s federal public lands.

The Public Lands Defense Organizer will work with OEC’s staff to advocate for the protection of federal public lands and conservation laws, policies, and regulations governing federal public lands. The Public Lands Organizer’s efforts will be focused on building a groundswell of statewide support for our core federal public lands defense issues.

Theodore Decker: Endangered bats, your days are numbered

That's why the timing of projects such as the Rover pipeline and increased drilling exploration in the Wayne couldn't be worse, said Nathan Johnson, an attorney with the Ohio Environmental Council.

"These bats are really on their heels as it is," he said. "They're on the brink of extinction."

Johnson is a bat ally, and there are others at his side.

Johnson said of the bats: "They're our best friends when it comes to insect and mosquito control. Some species are excellent pollinators, too."

Ohio Botanical Symposium

The Ohio Botanical Symposium is held at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road, Columbus, OH 43229; (614) 882-2058. Check-in begins at 8am, and includes a buffet lunch with vegetarian options. Pre-registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable – if you are unable to attend you may send a substitute.

Keep Wayne Wild Marietta Social Mixer

Join UCAN for an evening of fun in support of Wayne National Forest! The Adelphia is graciously hosting us for the evening. They will kick the night off with general info about what is being proposed in Wayne National Forest, a great film about fracking, and a night of local, live music! Little Fish Brewing Company is offering their special "Don't Frack Wayne" beer. $1 of each pint sold goes towards preserving WNF, so come thirsty! This is open to all, for all, and all about the Wayne! No politics please.

Keep Wayne Wild Marietta Workshop

Join UCAN for a 2 hour workshop for concerned citizens and groups in Marietta, OH who are facing the loss of up to 40,000 acres of their Wayne National Forest unit (which only consists of 60,000 acres) to gas development/extraction called hydraulic fracturing. This will be an educational opportunity to learn about what is happening to the forest and allow for community members to network with each other and develop local strategies for protecting WNF.

Lawsuit Launched Over Fracking in Wayne National Forest

The groups assert fracking would industrialize Ohio's only national forest, increase climate pollution, destroy the Indiana bat's habitat and risk contamination of water supplies that support endangered mussels and local communities.

"Pipelines, well pads and wastewater pits destroy habitat and harm people and wildlife," said Nathan Johnson, an attorney with the Ohio Environmental Council. "These impacts are real. In 2014, a frack pad fire and chemical spill near the Wayne forced the evacuation of local residents and killed tens of thousands of fish and mussels."

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