Parks & Forests

Off the Trail- A Conceptual Walk in Wayne National Forest

Keep Wayne Wild (KWW), is a group of dedicated volunteers working to protect Wayne National Forest (WNF) from predatory gas extraction activities. KWW works to highlight the beauty and intrinsic value of Wayne National Forest. It is well known that people will protect what they love, and to that end, we have created: “Off the Trail- A Conceptual Walk in Wayne National Forest.” It is our goal to showcase all that is wild and visually powerful about Ohio’s only national forest.

Protect Geauga Parks to hear from Ohio Environmental Council official

Protect Geauga Parks will meet 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 1, at West Geauga Public Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester Township.

Nathan Johnson, Public Lands director of the Ohio Environmental Council, will be the speaker and his topic will be “Conservation Conversation – Public Lands in Peril.”

Attendees can find out what is going on in the public lands, and what citizens can do to help preserve, conserve and protect natural resources.

Call Kathy Hanratty 440-477-5468 for information or questions. Admission and parking are free.

This state park could be the number one target for fracking operations

Salt Fork State Park is Ohio’s largest state park, and one of its nicest. Located in Guernsey County, it also happens to be in a region with a lot of natural gas activity. Salt Fork’s size and location make it the number one target for fracking operations should the Ohio General Assembly open state lands to drilling this summer.

Learn more about the Ohio House’s proposal to allow fracking in state parks here.

Feds shut down new drilling along Rover pipeline project

The almost-weekly spills of bentonite — a natural clay used as a drilling lubricant — have smothered wildlife habitat and gunked up water infrastructure, said Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council.

“It’s one thing to have an inadvertent spill every once in a while. At what point does it stop being inadvertent and just become reckless?” she said.

Energy Transfer Partners Spills TWO MILLION Gallons Of Drilling Material In Ohio

The federal approval of the Rover pipeline reflects a dual national trend: continued reliance on fossil fuels, and the striking down of regulations against fracking public lands, according to Heather Taylor-Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council, an organization dedicated to helping individuals, communities, and businesses “go green,” as its website says.

Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about oversight

“From its onset, the Rover Pipeline project has been a disaster for Ohio’s fragile wetland ecosystems,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council. In her view, the company’s spills “demonstrate a lack of respect for both Ohio’s environment and the people who live here.”...

On May 2, the Ohio Environmental Council, Sierra Club and two other groups sued in federal court to block plans to allow drilling in parts of the Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio.

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