ODNR Celebrating 75 Years of Conservation in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will celebrate 75 years of conservation of the great outdoors in Ohio with special programming throughout 2024.

ODNR will celebrate with special programming, a look back at the department’s history and special events.

“Celebrating ODNR’s 75th anniversary means looking back at all the incredible achievements this department has made, but it’s also about looking toward the future,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “Just as we’ve done for 75 years, ODNR will continue to work on projects the state can be proud of.”

Throughout its history, the ODNR has served as a safeguard for Ohio’s trees, native plants, geological features, mineral resources, wildlife and waters. The department has supported recreational endeavors in state parks and nature preserves, enlarging state wildlife areas and blazing new trails in Ohio’s forests.

The work of the ODNR includes many divisions – engineering, forestry, geological survey, mineral resources management, natural areas and preserves, oil and gas resources, parks and watercraft, water resources and wildlife, as well as the offices of coastal management, law enforcement, real estate and land management.

Recently, Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative has worked to create new wetlands in the Lake Erie basin and now throughout the state. Other recent initiatives include efforts to grow future conservation leaders through the Conservation Teen Advisory Council, created in 2019.

ODNR will host events throughout the year to commemorate its 75th anniversary across all its divisions. Commemorative stickers marking the milestone will be handed out at ODNR’s Winter Hike Series. The ODNR will also schedule tree plantings and a birthday bash, as well as release a 75th anniversary book to walk people through the department’s history.

Pictured at top: Photo provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.