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.

Constant threats

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.

Join our campaign today. Click here to help our parks get the protection they need.

Preservation Updates

News Release | Environment Ohio

House Subcommittee Guts Climate, Clean Water, and Park Protections

Yesterday the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies moved to slash the FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations budget by 18 percent.

 

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News Release | Environment Ohio

Secretary Salazar Announces Important Step toward Protecting the Grand Canyon from Toxic Mining

Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Department of the Interior has chosen the withdrawal of one million acres of land around Grand Canyon National Park from new mining claims for up to twenty years as the agency’s preferred course of action and that it would continue to protect these areas under an emergency withdrawal until the release of a final decision, expected at the end of the year. Environment America’s Anna Aurilio issued the following statement:

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News Release | Environment Ohio

Obama Administration Reconsiders Plans for Offshore Oil Drilling

At a news conference today, Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the department would extend the public comment period on the draft five year plan for oil and gas development that the Bush administration put in place in its last days in office.  Environment Ohio Program Director, Amy Gomberg issued the following statement in response:

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News Release | Environment Ohio

Clean Ohio Fund a National Example of Success

As states face tight budgets in the economic downturn, a new report released by Environment Ohio today draws on the experience of 15 states in securing reliable funding for open space programs.   Among its key recommendations, Preserving Our Natural Heritage embraces bringing preservation measures directly to the voters – as is happening this fall in Minnesota, Ohio, Colorado, Georgia, and Florida.

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Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Preserving America's Natural Heritage

America’s open spaces are an integral part of our national identity. Our natural landscapes not only provide us with places of great beauty, but they also play a critical role in providing habitat for wildlife along with clean water, fresh air and recreational opportunities for Americans.

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