Forest Action Plan
Sustaining Ohio’s Forests in the Face of Growing Threats
For the first time since the 1940s, Ohio’s forests are no longer expanding in area. However, they are going through various changes that affect their characteristics and the benefits they provide, now and into the future. Eighty-eight percent of Ohio’s forests are privately-owned. An increase in forest landowners and decrease in parcel size is leading to greater forest fragmentation, which can directly impact management and forest benefits like timber production, wildlife habitat, and recreation.
The spread of invasive species further impacts these benefits. The latest statewide forest inventory data also show shifts in species composition and forest structure, with a relative decrease in oak and hickory and a strong overall trend of maturing forests. Considering these changes and threats, statewide strategies were developed with an overarching goal of sustaining Ohio’s forests and the many benefits they provide indefinitely into the future.
Best Management Practices
Ohio’s best management practices (BMPs) program is quasi-regulatory. The agencies responsible for BMPs policy development are the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry, the Ohio Forestry Association, and the Ohio State University Extension.
Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.