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You Got Mine? Help ODNR Uncover Abandoned Mines

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COLUMBUS, OH – As part of a continuing effort to expand its existing database of abandoned underground mines, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Geological Survey is seeking help from Ohio citizens and industry in locating historic maps of now abandoned underground coal and other mineral resource mines.

Recently, the Division of Geological Survey received funding from the Ohio Mine Subsidence Insurance Underwriters Association (OMSIUA) to investigate and compile data sources, including mine maps, to make its inventory of mine lands as complete as possible. Data gathered from abandoned underground mine (AUM) maps will aid the OMSIUA in reviewing and assessing claims filed with its Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund.

“Ohio has a long, rich coal mining history, and it is important that we know as much as possible about past mining operations for the safe development of our state now and in the future” said Chief Larry Wickstrom, Division of Geological Survey. “We have exhausted state government resources in locating abandoned mine information, so now we’re asking for any information the public may have to assist us in this effort.”

Since commercial mining began in Ohio in 1800, thousands of mine openings have been created and developed, primarily in the counties within the state’s coal region. Some mining activities were small, family operations whose maps may have been passed down to family members or handed over to historical societies over the years. Such maps are of special interest to the Division of Geological Survey, which uses them to identify locations of abandoned mines. Abandoned underground mines can cause subsidence at the ground surface and potentially damage homes and buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. Locating additional mine maps also assists the division in its efforts to calculate remaining coal resources in the state.

Gathered data and maps also are used to update the Ohio Abandoned Mine Locator, an interactive map administered by ODNR’s divisions of Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Management. The AUM database and locator is an important tool for citizens and industry that aids land use planning and development, investigations of subsidence and other geohazards caused by AUMs and even rescue operations.

Information about the OMSIUA, including eligibility and coverage guidelines for the Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund, can be found on the OMSIUA Web site at www.ohiominesubsidence.com.

More information about the AUM mapping program and access to the Ohio Abandoned Mine Locator interactive map is available via the Division of Geological Survey’s Web site atwww.OhioGeology.com.

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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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.

COUNTY STATE NATURE PRESERVE
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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2011 Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest

COLUMBUS, OH –The 2nd Annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp photo contest is underway, challenging resident photographers to enter their best snapshots of a nativedragonfly or damsel fly. The winning photograph will be featured on the second Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp to be issued March 1, 2011, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

The contest is open to Ohio residents, ages 18 years and older; one cash prize will be awarded to the winning photographer. Young photographers, age 17 and under, also are encouraged to submit their photographs of these winged jewels. The winner in this category will receive Web and print recognition.

The $15 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp will be available for purchase online beginning March 1, 2011 at wildohio.com. By purchasing the stamp, you will be supporting restoration of endangered and threatened wildlife species, research projects, land purchases and conservation easements, and educational products for students and wildlife enthusiasts.

“The Legacy Stamp is a great way for anyone who supports wildlife causes to make a direct investment in the future of Ohio’s diverse wildlife population,” said Jim Marshall, acting chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

Each year, a collectible stamp depicting a different animal will be issued to highlight the diversity of Ohio’s natural world. Last year, Russell Reynolds from Lima won the inaugural contest with his photograph of a male Baltimore oriole. Discover more about the stamp by visiting or calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.

Contest details:

  • Open to Ohio residents, ages 18 years and older.*
  • One cash prize totaling $500 will be awarded to the winning photographer.
  • Youths up to 17 years of age may submit photos for Web and magazine recognition.
  • Photos must be submitted by mail to be eligible— electronic images will not be accepted. Photo submissions will be accepted by mail between August 1 and August 22, 2010.
  • Each photo must be accompanied by a completed entry form and $12 submission fee.
  • Complete contest rules are available at wildohiostamp.com.

*Employees of the ODNR and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.

Help Keep the Wild in Ohio and enter your best photo of a native dragonfly or damselfly in this year’s Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp photo contest.

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

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New Ohio State Park Reward Card: 25% discount, Stay for Free!

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COLUMBUS, OH – Just in time for the upcoming summer season, Ohio State Parks is offering a new rewards program for frequent campers and cottage guests, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The Ohio State Parks rewards card is free of charge, and is available through the state parks website, www.ohiostateparks.org, the reservation call center at 1-866-OHIOPARKS, and from local state park offices.

“The rewards program is our way of saying thanks to campers who come back year after year,” said Ohio State Parks Acting Chief John Hunter. “We want to help make an Ohio vacation a little more affordable, and encourage frequent camping trips and getaways in our parks.”

For each dollar spent on camping at one of Ohio’s 56 state park campgrounds, rewards card holders earn points toward a free night of camping. Rewards card holders who stay in the getaway rentals offered at numerous state parks, as well as the vacation cottages at Buck Creek, Cowan Lake, Dillon, Hocking Hills, Lake Hope, Mohican, Pike Lake and Pymatuning state parks, will also earn points toward a free stay.  Other activities earning Rewards card holders points include camp store purchases and shelter house rentals in Ohio State Parks.

In addition to earning points for future stays, those who enroll in the Ohio State Parks rewards program by June 30 will also receive points for their camping and cottage stays in 2009. Once registered, rewards card holders may check their balances on-line at www.ohiostateparks.org.

As an added bonus, several of Ohio’s state park lodges are offering special guest room rates for rewards card holders.  Card holders who book rooms at Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson, Salt Fork and Shawnee can enjoy a 25% discount on the regular room rate for overnight stays on the regular room rate for stays between now and June 11, and between August 23 and December 30.

More information on the Ohio State Parks rewards program is available on the official Ohio State Parks Web site, www.ohiostateparks.org.

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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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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Ohio Turkey Season Harvest Up for Third Year: Go Ashtabula!

COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 21,909 wild turkeys during Ohio’s four-week, statewide spring turkey-hunting season that ended May 16, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

The preliminary total represents nearly a 16 percent increase over last year’s preliminary harvest number of 18,936.

Ashtabula County again led the state in the number of turkeys killed with 923. Counties with additional high harvest numbers were: Clermont-664;  Harrison and Tuscarawas-621; Guernsey-618;  Highland-612; Adams-606; Trumbull-588; Monroe-576; and Coshocton-563.

In addition to the turkeys taken during the regular season, young hunters harvested another 2,184 birds during a special hunt for ages 17 and younger held April 17-18.

The Division of Wildlife estimates that more than 70,000 people hunted turkeys during the season. Prior to the start of the spring hunting season, state wildlife biologists estimated the wild turkey population in Ohio to be more than 200,000 birds.

Wild turkeys were nearly extirpated in Ohio before being reintroduced in the mid-1950s by the Division of Wildlife. The first spring turkey-hunting season opened in 1966. Wild turkeys are now present in all 88 counties.

Turkey hunters are reminded that licenses purchased now are also valid during the 2010 fall hunting season. Spring turkey permits are good for spring season only.  Those participating in the fall turkey season will need to buy a fall turkey permit. The 2010-2011 licenses will not be printed on weatherproof paper.  Sportsmen and women should protect their licenses and permits from the elements by carrying them in a protective pouch or wallet.

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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Sheldon River Marsh Birdwatching

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – A variety of sights and sounds will greet visitors at the next Natural Areas Discovery event. Well-known for its migratory guests, Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve will host an early morning birdwatching hike on May 15 at 8 a.m.

Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve is located in Erie County along Lake Erie’s southern shore. The water, shore and surrounding upland of this 463-acre site provide unique habitat for nearly 300 species of birds. Numbers are greatest in the spring and fall when migrating birds stop to rest before or after crossing Lake Erie. Birds often seen in the spring include yellow, yellow-rumped, yellow-throated and palm warblers, as well as blue-gray gnatcatchers, black-throated blues and American redstarts.

The preserve protects one of the last remaining barrier beaches in the Lake Erie region. The beach separates Lake Erie from East Sandusky Bay. For more information, call (419) 202-0090.

Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, the Natural Areas Discovery Series features scheduled hikes, interpretive activities and an opportunity for visitors to meet preserve and scenic river staff. Programs are held from April to October.

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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