Protect Our Parks
Ohio's parks like Cuyahoga Valley or Hocking Hills are our state’s hidden treasures—and it’s up to us to safeguard them for future generations. These iconic places should get the best level of protection we can afford.
From Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the woods and waterfalls of Wayne National Forest; from Little Beaver Creek and Navarre Marsh in Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge to Ohio’s awe-inspiring state parks like Old Man’s Cave and Cedar Falls. These are our greatest places, where families hike, camp, fish and teach their kids about our state’s history, and we should be doing everything we can to protect them.
Unfortunately, our state’s parks face risks from encroaching overdevelopment, ongoing pollution, fracking and coal mining. These threats would degrade these great places, threaten the wildlife that make the parks their home, and diminish the natural heritage that we’ll leave to future generations. That’s why Environment Ohio is working to ensure a strong protection plan for our iconic natural places.
Congress moving in the wrong direction
Some in Congress want to eliminate the nation’s most successful program that protects our parks and other open spaces from development and drilling—the Land and Water Conservation Fund. For the past five decades, the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s mission has been to protect America’s greatest places.
For Ohio, that means places like Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Wayne National Forest in Hocking Hills. But if our elected officials don’t act soon, this critical program will end up on the chopping block, forever hindering America’s great legacy of conservation and protection for our best places.
Together, we can win
Saving the Land and Water Conservation Fund will be a tough challenge, but we’re up to the task. We are talking to tens of thousands of Ohioans about what’s at stake, testifying in Washington, D.C., educating lawmakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to protect our parks.
Urge your legislators to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
- State parks funding has been nearly cut in half over the last decade. Now, the parks have a maintenance backlog of more than $500 million.
- Hocking Hills needs dedicated funding to remain protected from logging and drilling and maintain the trails, lodges and historic bridges that make the area such a special part of Ohio's natural heritage.
- Nearly a hundred years ago, Ohioans first came together to protect Hocking Hills so that we could enjoy it today. Now, it's up to us to preserve it for the future.
- We're urging the Legislature to provide Hocking Hills, and all our parks, with the funding they need and deserve.