Protecting Public Lands

Public Lands

The OEC’s public lands conservation work will ensure Ohio’s is full of trails to explore, towering trees, and wonder.

In 2015, a beautiful area of ancient, giant trees in Hocking State Forest was on the chopping block. There’s usually not much you can do once the blue logging paint dries, but we pushed forward, met with decision makers and advocates, and ultimately saved this special place.

We’re working to extend this victory to other parts of Ohio. The OEC’s public lands protection work covers federal, state, and local lands. We actively work to ensure that public forests and parks remain places for conservation and the public’s enjoyment. This means ensuring that drilling, mining, and excessive logging stay away from these special lands that belong to all of of us.