• Ohio Deer Hunters: Take Online Survey Now Before Changes Made to Season

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    Survey will help ODNR gauge deer hunters’ preferences

    COLUMBUS, OH –The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife encourages all Ohio white-tailed deer hunters and those with an interest in deer hunting to take a survey at wildohio.com. The survey will be available through mid-April.

    The Division of Wildlife is considering some changes to the current deer firearms seasons. Anyone who would like to comment on this topic is encouraged to take a few minutes to provide some information and answer a few questions regarding preferences of possible new opportunities. Responses to the survey are confidential.

    Information provided by hunters through surveys is vital to the successful management of Ohio’s wildlife and the division encourages all hunters to participate. Wildlife biologists use survey data in combination with biological data from wildlife populations to identify ways of improving hunting inOhio.

    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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  • Mohican State Park Spring Outing

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    COLUMBUS, OH – Outdoor enthusiasts eager to greet spring, as well as families looking for a spring break getaway, will enjoy the Spring Outing at Mohican State Park’s Lodge and Conference Center on March 26-28.

    Lodge guests are invited to participate in a mix of fun and relaxing activities around the park and in the lodge, including birding, hiking, geocaching, live animal programs, and local history tours.  Professional naturalists will be on hand to share their knowledge of the natural world with guests, and guide hikes in the park.  Offerings for adults include Yoga and water aerobics classes, cooking demonstrations, and jazz music in the lounge.

    This event is open to any overnight guests of the Mohican Lodge and Conference Center, and rooms are still available. For Facebook members, discounts on lodge stays are available for fans of Mohican Lodge and Conference Center. For reservations and more information about the discount, contact the Mohican Lodge and Conference Center reservation line at 1-800-282-7275.  Reservations may also be made on-line atwww.ohiostateparks.org.
    The Mohican State Park lodge is located west of Loudonville off State Route 97, at 1098 County Road 3006.
    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 a www.ohiodnr.com.

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  • World’s Largest Flotilla in Pittsburgh, Share an Experience and More Quick Links

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    Just a couple quick links:

    • Paddle the Point in Pittsburgh is trying for a world record- the Largest paddlecraft Flotilla ever on June 5th. Check out the link for more information.
    • Venture Outdoors Festival- An Annual pligrimmage for us. Check out State, Regional And National Outdoor Organizations at Point State Park on May 22nd. So you can check out the water before the big event.
    • Experienceswap- is a brand new site that looks like it’s trying to be an outdoor oriented Meetup. Not a lot of activity or resources so far, but you can get in on the ground floor.
    • Wilderness Volunteers- is kinda the same thing. Only for Volunteers. In the Wilderness. ..Yep.
    • SHout Youngstown asks about a used/Cheap Bike rack for Downtown Commuters.
    • Outdoor Newsletter- I’m trying to get signups for a weekly newsletter- I’ll be putting upcoming events like these on it, articles and news releases that I don’t want directly on the site, and coupons and sales from my sponsors. Basically all the useful stuff I can’t fit on the webpage. And, I’ll give you a free download just for trying it. Sign up at the link above.
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    • ODNR: 70 Job Corp Positions Available

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      COLUMBUS, OH –Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Sean D. Logan announced today that ODNR’s Division of Forestry is currently accepting applications for the Ohio Woodlands Job Corps, made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

      The second round of this conservation skills training and service program will employ at least 70 individuals who are interested in working as part of Ohio’s $15 billion wood industry, or as conservation workers for metroparks, national forests or nonprofit land management organizations.

      Corps members will work a total of 1,000 hours and gain work experience and woodcraft training at one of nine state forests. Corpsmembers will remove invasive species on state forests, learn how to fight wildfires and receive extensive training and technical certifications. The conservation worker positions pay $13.43 per hour.

      “The response to the Ohio Woodlands Job Corps from the wood industry, forest landowners and current corpsmembers has been extremely positive,” said Director Logan. “The benefits derived from these efforts will last long beyond the training period of each corpsmember.”

      The Ohio Division of Forestry will employ 14 five-person crews working and training at nine separate state forests beginning June 21. The headquarters for these crews include: Blue Rock State Forest in Muskingum County; Fernwood State Forest in Jefferson County; Hocking State Forest in Hocking County; Maumee State Forest in Fulton, Henry and Lucas counties; Mohican-Memorial State Forest in Ashland County; Pike State Forest in Highland and Pike counties; Scioto Trail State Forest in Ross and Pike counties; Shawnee State Forest in Adams and Scioto counties; and Zaleski State Forest in Athens and Vinton counties.

      “While employment of Ohioans is a crucial component of this program, it also gives participants a unique educational opportunity, which draws on the expertise of state forestry staff, Ohio’s wood industry, OSU Extension and Hocking College,” said Director Logan. “This program will provide valuable training and real world learning experience for corpsmembers interested in making a career in Ohio’s wood industry, which directly employs 119,000 people.”

      Both The Ohio State University and Hocking College are partners in the training component of this program. Four of the 25 total weeks of employment for corpsmembers will be spent on extensive safety training, commercial pesticide application, wildfire fighting, the proper use of chainsaws, identifying invasive and native tree species, and learning best management practices for logging.

      To aid in forest management, participants will spend a majority of their time removing woody invasive plant species from state forestlands. Exotic invasive plants, such as bush honeysuckle and tree-of-heaven, suppresses native understory species and is detrimental to healthy woodlands. In addition to removing invasive species, the crews will also assist with forest inventory work, timber stand improvement activities, trails maintenance and tree planting activities.

      As an affiliate of Americorps through The Corps Network, corps members will be eligible to receive up to $2,300 towards their college education. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds are provided to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources through the USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry.

      To apply for jobs through the Ohio Woodlands Job Corps visit ohiodnr.gov/forestry or ohiomeansjobs.com. The deadline for application is April 9. A background check is required for all successful applicants.

      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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    • Angler Wader Safety Tips. Wader Safer Angler Reminders. Safer Angler Waders.

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      COLUMBUS, OH – With the start of the popular “walleye run” along the Maumee and Sandusky rivers and other early spring fishing opportunities soon to begin, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) advises anglers to observe important safety tips while wading and boating in pursuit of their favorite game fish.

      The walleye run traditionally hits its peak and attracts the largest numbers of anglers to the Maumee and Sandusky rivers during late March through mid-April. Early fishing activity is expected to begin any day as seasonably mild temperatures remain throughout much of the state. The ODNR Division of Watercraft suggests boaters and anglers keep these basic safety tips in mind while wading and fishing from boats during early spring:

      • Properly dress for the water temperatures instead of the air temperatures to guard against the effect of hypothermia should you unexpectedly fall into the water. Keep available extra clothing on-hand.
      • Wear an approved inflatable life vest, life jacket or flotation coat anytime while wading in a river or stream and anytime while on a boat.
      • Be especially cautious in areas with high, fast moving waters.
      • Do not fish alone; fish with a wading or boating partner. Let friends or family members know of your fishing and boating plans.
      • Wear a pair of high-quality chest waders and tighten a cinch belt at the waistline outside the waders to help prevent them from filling with water should a water immersion occur. Water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon and can make walking to the shoreline extremely difficult if waders fill with cold water.
      • Never wear waders while fishing from a boat.
      • Carry a large walking stick or wading staff to help provide balance while wading in a river. Use a pair of metal crampons or cleats, which fit over the boot portion of waders, to significantly improve traction when wading across slippery rocks and other debris commonly found along river bottoms.
      • Be properly licensed and know all Ohio fishing regulations.
      • Avoid alcohol consumption and be aware of local ordinances and state laws that prohibit open displays of alcoholic beverages and public consumption of alcohol.
      • Be prepared to handle an emergency situation if it arises and stay informed of current and forecast weather and water conditions.

      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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