Letter: Forests too precious for state to sacrifice

Aug 29, 2018 at 4:15 AM

The Ohio Division of Forestry in its Draft Forestry Management Plans for Ohio‘s 21 state forests continues to focus upon promoting the economic exploitation of these taxpayer-owned ecological gems over the climate-mitigating and recreation/renewal benefits accruing to them. And because Ohio has so few public lands proportionately to those of other states, their importance in furthering these benefits becomes more crucial. The Division‘s Five Year Forest Management Plan from 2015 discusses the likely change in Ohio‘s climate within 100 years to the current climate of Arkansas, but nowhere in the draft plans is this critical issue addressed.

When only 3 percent of timber harvested in Ohio comes from public land, and with an ecological crisis already upon us, why does the division continue managing state forests for timber?

While I am not opposed to all-purpose vehicle trails, they don‘t belong everywhere. They negatively impact wildlife, cause noise and air pollution and result in soil compaction and sedimentation (muddying up water courses).

It‘s time the Ohio Division of Forestry stops “managing” our state forests for economic gain. Continuing to do so is a great disservice to Ohio‘s citizens who own them. 

David A. Lipstreu, Mount Vernon

 

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