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ODNR Offering Discounts for Veterans and Active Duty Military

4 Nov , 2019  

In honor of Veterans Day, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will offer U.S. military, both active duty and veterans, a 30% discount off camping, getaway rentals, and state-operated cabin stays during November. “It’s always a privilege to host the brave individuals who served to protect our country,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “We hope veterans, along with their friends and families, will have the opportunity to make special memories at Ohio state parks.” Read More

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It’s “Bat Week” In Ohio

26 Oct , 2019  

It's "Bat Week" in Ohio. Seriously, it is. Bats are important to both Ohio’s economy and ecosystems, which is why Governor Mike DeWine has proclaimed October 24-31 as Bat Week to highlight the need for bat conservation. “Bats contribute substantially to our economy by protecting our forests and agriculture from crop-damaging insects and pests,” said Mary Mertz, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “It is critical that we continue efforts to promote the health of bat populations here in Ohio and across the nation.” Read More

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Reminder: No Open Burning During Wildfire Season

6 Oct , 2019  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry reminds Ohioans to take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris this fall, and to know the state’s outdoor burning regulations. Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM from October 1 through November 30. Read More

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Milkweed To The Rescue

3 Oct , 2019  

Since 2015, Ohioans have been called on to collect and donate milkweed pods so that the seeds can be harvested and then distributed for planting. The importance of this plant cannot be overstated. Milkweed is the only host plant for the Monarch butterfly to lay eggs and rear caterpillars. Additionally, it serves as a food source for Monarchs and several other pollinator species. Read More

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Richland County’s Important Bird Areas

2 Sep , 2019  

Across the planet, Important Bird Areas (“IBAs”) signify places which have been designated as critical for bird conservation. In each, an internationally accepted set of guidelines has been used in conjunction with a recognized birding program. In this country, that effort is run through the National Audubon Society. The Ohio Important Bird Areas Program was launched in 1999, and by 2000 work was underway to identify the first such areas. The technical committee established reviewed some 160 nominations to verify that one of the four primary criteria set is present. A total of 66 have been recognized. Read More

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OSUM Event To Showcase Local Pollinator Habitat

29 Aug , 2019  

We recently shared a post here on 1812Blockhouse looking at the Ohio Department of Transportation’s plans to create pollinator habitats along Ohio roadways (that post can be read here). At The Ohio State University at Mansfield, that activity is already underway. On Tuesday, September 10, those efforts will be showcased in an Ecolab event – “Bee the Power for Our Food.” Read More

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Pollinator Habitats To Help Rescue Monarch Butterflies

24 Aug , 2019  

Monarch butterflies are in trouble. The monarch population in the eastern U.S. has declined up to 90 percent in the last 20 years. In response, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) are helping monarchs by adding ideal habitats across the state. This initiative has already reached District 3 of the Ohio Department of Transportation in Ashland, and Richland County should see a pollinator habitat installed before 2022. Read More

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Richland County Now Covered By Disaster Designation

7 Aug , 2019  

On Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that 10 more counties have been added to the list of Ohio counties covered by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretarial disaster designations. Those additional areas included Richland County. The new designations bring the total to 54 Ohio counties where farmers can seek potential relief from the USDA following Secretarial disaster designations in their counties or contiguous counties due to rain, flooding, or other weather conditions. Read More

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What Is The Wildlife In Your Woods?

2 Aug , 2019  

Here’s a good opportunity to answer that very question. The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Envioronmental Sciences is hosting “Wildlife in Your Woods,” a workshop on identifying, attracting, and managing woodland wildlife including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Read More

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What’s Wrong With My Tree?

21 Jul , 2019  

Working with the natural environment can be challenging in many respects. On August 2, one aspect of that interface – that dealing with diagnosing what might be happening with that sickly looking tree – will be the subject of a workshop at The Ohio State University at Mansfield. “Tree Diagnostics” is being presented by the OSU College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Read More

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Have Fun With Creepy Crawlies And Critters

2 Jun , 2019  

Calling all children aged 5-14 – how would you like to spend week getting to know about the world in your own backyard? The best way is at Critter Camp at Gorman Nature Center, coming from July 29 to August 2. Spend a week studying how organisms interact in Ohio ecosystems. Read More

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Walk The Wildflowered Wetlands

24 Apr , 2019  

Kick-off Mohican Wildlife Weekend this Friday by joining the staff of the Richland County Park District for an amazing opportunity to visit a wildflower spectacle that has been a secret for decades. The Shelby Wetlands, is a hidden treasure, with a stunning wildflower display that must be seen to be believed. Carpets of Great White Trillium, Virginia Bluebells and Wild Hyacinth festoon the forest floor, sharing the area with over 30 species of ephemeral wildflowers. Read More

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Mansfield To Celebrate Tree City Status With Tree Planting

23 Apr , 2019  

On Monday, Mayor Tim Theaker’s office announced that the National Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Mansfield a “Tree City USA” for the 24th consecutive year. To receive this award, a community and its Shade Tree Commission must demonstrate a commitment to implementing a sound urban forestry policy. Read More

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Buckeye Blooms On Their Way: State Flower Blooms Locally

22 Apr , 2019  

NOTE: This story, first posted earlier this month, has been updated with additional information from ODNR. Ohioans will soon be treated to a spectacular display of native spring wildflowers. This year’s season began in late March in Ohio’s southern counties and gradually will move northward as the season comes to an end in the middle of May, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. Read More

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