2017 Initiatives

Ohio Conservation Federation 2017 Initiatives

Protect Ohio Water Quality – Encourage local, state, and federal programs, practices, and legislation that will increase, restore, and enhance wetlands, grasslands, and woodlands resulting in better water quality for people, fish, and wildlife within the Western Lake Erie basin watershed and throughout the state. In addition, encourage multi-jurisdictional and public/private collaborations to address this issue.

Legislation – Partner with the Sportsmen’s Alliance, the Ohio Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, and our member organizations to pro-actively support legislation beneficial to sportsmen’s heritage and natural resource conservation in Ohio and to oppose legislation that is harmful.

Support the Division of Wildlife – (a) Protect the wildlife fund and support the federal Sport Fish and Wildlife restoration funds (P-R, D-J, W-B) to ensure that Ohio’s apportionment is used to maximum benefit, avoids reversion, and is not misused or diverted, (b) ensure the county wildlife officer system in Ohio is bolstered, maintained, and not transferred into natural resource officers, conservation police officers or another branch of state government, (c) strive for professionally trained, conservation core educated administrators for Ohio’s natural resources, and (d) support an increase in hunting, fishing, and fur taker license fees.

Habitat Conservation Programs – Promote federal and state habitat programs such as the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Farm Bill Conservation Programs, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, State Wildlife Grants Program, Clean Ohio Fund, and other programs to ensure they are available and utilized throughout Ohio.

Recruitment, Retention & Reactivation – Support the Division of Wildlife and other conservation organizations’ efforts that encourage recruitment, retention, and reactivation of hunters, anglers, and trappers and reduce or remove barriers to hunting, fishing and trapping.

Sustainable Forestry – Support and promote sustainable forestry policies, programs and management that focus on young, intermediate, and mature forests, outdoor recreation, and plant and wildlife diversity on state, private, and Wayne National Forest lands.  In addition, support increased funding and educate the public and decision makers on the benefits of sustainable forest management.

Wildlife Council –Support the time-tested, successful wildlife council system in Ohio.

Wildlife Diversity – Support science-based conservation efforts by the Division of Wildlife for threatened, endangered, and other wildlife species that have led to the recovery of wildlife such as bald eagles, bobcats, wild turkeys, and river otters.

Invasive Species — Support prevention, management, and elimination of invasive species to protect habitat and wildlife diversity. In addition, we support efforts to reach out to and educate the public on ways to prevent the further spread and impact of invasive species.

Public Access and Land Acquisition – Encourage the State of Ohio, the Department of Natural Resources and other entities to increase the amount of land for hunting, trapping, and fishing available through purchase, easement, or agreement. Encourage the state to increase access to existing public and private lands and waters.  Support management and enhancement of wildlife habitat on state and federal lands through public/private partnership.

Ohio’s Deer Population – (a) Oppose legislation permitting deer sanctuaries, (b) support regulation of captive deer to control chronic wasting disease and other diseases, and (c) encourage the Division of Wildlife strategy to maintain the quality of Ohio’s deer population and hunter satisfaction.