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Second Annual Ohio Boating Summit Set for March

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will hold the second annual Ohio Boating Summit on Wednesday, March 23, at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, located at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University (OSU). People interested in paddling, fishing or boating in Ohio are encouraged to attend this summit offered by the ODNR Division of Watercraft.

“Ohio is a boating destination for families that enjoy boating together, but don’t always have the time to travel far from home,” said Mike Miller, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft. “We are excited to provide them with a conference to learn more about improved boating opportunities and innovative trends in recreational boating.”

The summit will provide an opportunity for a number of experts to share their experiences and create a dialogue between ODNR boating constituents, boating partners and the public. This summit will encourage a forum for networking while educating attendees on the current topics and trends in boating in the Buckeye State.

The keynote speaker will be Brewster Rhoads, former executive director for Green Umbrella, an organization that has worked to combine the efforts of many environmental and outdoor organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Presentation topics include:

  • Paddling Destinations and Activities
  • The Ohio River: Unveiling Ohio’s Best Kept Boating Secret
  • Life Jacket Trends and the Wear It! Campaign
  • Innovations in Side Scan Sonar
  • Examining Factors of Recreational Boating Accidents
  • Caesar Creek Marina Project
  • Post-Summit OSU Student and Professional Networking Reception

The one-day conference will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. New this year, immediately following the summit, is an OSU and ODNR natural resources networking reception that is free for all interested students and professionals. Registration is $25 for individuals, $10 for groups of six or more and students are free with a valid student ID. The opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEU) credits for this event is available. Lunch may be purchased for $11.50 for people who preregister for the summit.

Registration is available online or by credit card, check or cash the day of the summit beginning at 8 a.m. or by contacting Dawn Potter at 614-265-6412 or dawn.potter@dnr.state.oh.us or Susan Sheley at 614-265-6485 or susan.sheley@dnr.state.oh.us. Doors open at 8 a.m. For more information on the 2016 Ohio Boating Summit or registration, go to http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/boatingsummit.

The ODNR Division of Watercraft is responsible for boating safety, education and law enforcement on all waters of the state. This statewide area includes the near shore area along 451 miles of the Ohio River, approximately half the entire surface area of Lake Erie, more than 605 inland lakes and more than 60,000 miles of inland streams, rivers and other waterways.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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Ohio Fishing Licenses Available By Phone

COLUMBUS, OH – With spring fishing heating up, anglers can now purchase one-day and three-day fishing licenses over the telephone according the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Customers have two telephone options to purchase a “last-minute” fishing license by using a credit card:

Calling 866-703-1928 between 5 a.m. and midnight to reach a live operator who will walk the customer through the transaction; a $5.50 convenience fee is included with this option.

Calling 855-764-3474 any time for an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. Callers should be sure and have their nine-digit customer identification number, which can be obtained at no cost from the Wild Ohio Customer Center at www.wildohio.com. The IVR option includes a $3.25 convenience fee.

In both cases, the customer is issued a 10-digit license number and instructed to carry it along with a picture ID as proof that the angler is properly licensed. A printed copy of the license is not included. Convenience fees in either option can be avoided by purchasing licenses early at license agent outlets or online at www.wildohio.com. Customers should note $10 of the one-day fishing license can be exchanged for credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license at any time within the license year. All license purchases include a $1 writing fee.

Also new this year, anglers have the option of buying in advance an $11 “Lake Erie Charter 1-Day Fishing License” allowing them to wait and validate the license at the dock the day of the trip. Waiting to sign and date the license allows for its future use in case the original fishing trip is cancelled due to weather or other circumstances. This license is not available for purchase over the telephone.

Customers should be aware that Social Security Numbers (SSN) will be required of all individuals, youth and adults, who plan to buy licenses and permits. United States Federal Statute 42 requires the collection of SSN of any individual to whom the state issues a recreational hunting or fishing license. When buying a license, customers are also required by law to give their full name, date of birth, gender, declaration of residency, mailing address, height, weight and hair and eye color.

For questions or clarification, contact the Division of Wildlife at 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) or visit our website at www.wildohio.com.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.com.

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Special Archery Deer Hunts at 16 State Areas this Fall

COLUMBUS, OH— An increasing deer population, resulting in negative impacts to native plant communities, has led the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Natural Areas and Preserves to coordinate special archery deer hunts at 16 state nature preserves across the state.

High quality habitats at these state nature preserves including Blackhand Gorge, Fowler Woods, Goll Woods and Lawrence Woods, have been negatively impacted by over-browsing deer. For example, large flowered trillium—Ohio’s state wildflower—has nearly disappeared from several sites because of foraging deer.

“Conducting special management hunts enables the division to protect native plant communities in Ohio’s best natural areas,” said Gary Obermiller, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves’ program administrator. “An added benefit is that Ohio’s hunters are given an opportunity to explore high-quality areas and assist ODNR with critical land management activities.”

There will be four (4) two-week archery hunt sessions and one (1) week-long archery hunt session beginning September 25 through November 27, 2009. Each special archery hunt permit will be good for two hunters for two weeks, with the exception of the last one week session. Hunters will be required to harvest an antlerless deer first.

Participating hunters in Zone A will be allowed to harvest two deer under state hunting rules—one on a $15 antlerless tag and one on a $24 either-sex tag. The Zone B limit is two on the antlerless tag and two on the either-sex tag. Similarly, the Zone C limit is six, three on antlerless tag and three on either-sex tag.

To apply for the special archery hunt lotteries, applicants must send in a 3×5 card with their name, address, daytime phone number and the hunt name (such as Goll Woods Archery Hunt), along with a $5 processing fee for each entry. You may apply for multiple sites, however, you will only be drawn once per site.

Please mark each entry card with the appropriate hunt location. Do not send multiple payments—one check equaling $5 per card is sufficient. Do not send cash—checks and money orders must be made out to Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. Processing fees are non-refundable. Mail entries to the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves,2045 Morse Road, Bldg. C-2, Columbus, OH  43229.  Lottery entries must be received by August 15, 2010.

The archery drawing will be held on August 16 at 10 a.m. at the ODNR Fountain Square Complex located at 2045 Morse Road, Building E-1 West, Columbus, Ohio 43229. Applicants do not need to be present at the drawing to be awarded a permit.

Successful archery hunt applicants will be notified by phone, and are required to attend one of two orientation meetings set for September 11 and 12 at various locations. Visitohiodnr.com/dnap for a full listing of lottery rules and special hunt details.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site atwww.ohiodnr.com.

Adams Davis Memorial Archery Hunt
Adams Johnson Ridge Archery Hunt
Ashtabula Pallister Archery Hunt
Champaign Davey Woods Archery Hunt
Clark Gallagher Fen Archery Hunt
Columbiana Sheepskin Hollow Archery Hunt
Delaware Seymour Woods Archery Hunt
Fairfield Christmas Rocks Archery Hunt
Fairfield Rhododendron Cove Archery Hunt
Fairfield Shallenberger Archery Hunt
Fulton Goll Woods Archery Hunt
Hardin Lawrence Woods Archery Hunt
Highland Miller Archery Hunt
Licking Blackhand Gorge Archery Hunt
Richland Fowler Woods Archery Hunt
Seneca Springville Marsh Archery Hunt
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Teachers: Wild School Grant Deadline May 31st

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COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio teachers who have successfully used Project WILD in their classrooms can now provide students additional hands-on learning about wildlife and habitat through grants available from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Grants of $500 each will be awarded on a competitive basis to 40 schools currently participating in Project WILD, a supplemental environmental education curriculum for grades K-12.  Project WILD uses wildlife and wildlife management techniques to teach traditional school subjects, such as math, science and language arts. Through this grant program, now in its fourth year, teachers can use the funds for materials, equipment and activities to develop “WILD School Sites” on their campuses.

“A WILD School Site project allows teachers to take lesson plans outdoors, bringing environmental education concepts to life in a real way for students,” said Jen Dennison, wildlife education coordinator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife. “An added benefit is the improvement of schoolyard habitat for wildlife and people, making for better outdoor learning experiences.”

Grants will be awarded to applicants that best meet the WILD School Site criteria. Criteria includes project feasibility, benefit to students in understanding the needs of wildlife in Ohio, and participation of students, teachers, staff and the local community in developing and maintaining the site.

Funding for the WILD School Site grant program comes from state income tax check-off donations to the Wildlife Diversity Fund and fees generated from the sale of cardinal license plates.

Interested educators should submit an application between now and May 31 to the ODNR Division of Wildlife, 2045 Morse Road, Bldg. G, Columbus, OH 43229. Complete details of the grant program and an application packet can be found at wildohio.com. To learn more about Project WILD or to find an area workshop, please call 1-800-WILDLIFE.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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Muskingum Locks Open May 15th: Lock 9 Closed for repair

COLUMBUS, OH – The historic locks along the Muskingum River will open for the season on May 15, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).  However, Philo Lock 9 will be closed for construction repairs; an opening date has not yet been determined because water levels will impact project completion.

Spring operational hours for the locks are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed from 2 to 2:30 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays.  Extended hours for the Memorial Day holiday are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday through Monday of the holiday weekend, closing from 2 to 2:30 p.m. each day.

Summer operational hours will begin on June 4 and are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed from 2 – 2:30 p.m., on Fridays and Mondays, and 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed from 2 to 2:30 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays.

The 10 historic locks along the Muskingum River are operated by Ohio State Parks.  They were built in 1841 and are still operated by hand cranking.  In 2001 the lock system was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. For more information, contact the Dillon State Park Region office at (740) 453-4377.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at ohiodnr.com.

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Almost 600 Ohio Student Archers to Compete in National NASP Tournament

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COLUMBUS, OH – Five hundred ninety-one Ohio elementary, middle and high school students, from 30 schools, will participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Championships, May 7-8, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Approximately 7,125 students from 34 states will compete, making it the largest archery tournament in the world. Registration for the 2010 National Tournament is up 42 percent from 2009. Ohio is second only to Kentucky in the number of students participating in the national competition.

“Ohio will be well represented at the national tournament,” said Kevin Dixon, shooting sports coordinator for the Division of Wildlife. “Of the 34 Ohio teams that qualified to move on, 27 have committed to participating.”

School teams and individuals earn the right to participate in the national event by winning their division or by achieving a minimum qualifying score in their respective state competitions.  This year, Ohio had 1,034 students participate in the state tournament on March 5 in Columbus.

Kentucky originated the NASP in 2002. Ohio has participated in the program since 2004. Currently, 402 Ohio schools have teachers trained to introduce students to target archery as a part of their physical education curriculum.  NASP is in 47 states, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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Public Meetic: Vermilion River Proposed SceniC River Designation

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COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft invites the public to attend a special Open House community meeting to share information on a proposed designation of a portion of the Vermilion River as an Ohio State Scenic River. The first in a series of open houses will be held on Wednesday, May 5 from 7-9 p.m. at the Vermilion-on-the-Lake Community Center Clubhouse, located at 3780 Edgewater Boulevard in Vermilion.

Topics to be covered include landowner property rights, provisions of the state scenic rivers law, results of an ODNR scenic river designation study, resolutions of support and benefits of scenic river designation. Staff from the Division of Watercraft, which manages the Ohio Scenic Rivers Program, will be on-hand to answer questions and share information about the program.

The Division of Watercraft plans to hold additional open houses to address interests associated with various sections of the Vermilion River included in the proposed scenic river designation.

Additionally, ODNR will continue to accept written comments from the public on the proposed scenic river designation of the Vermilion River in Erie and Lorain and counties. Written comments may be sent to: Chief, ODNR Division of Watercraft, 2045 Morse Rd., Building A-3, Columbus, OH 43229 or by email at:  watercraft@dnr.state.oh.us

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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