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Input crucial for guiding the Wayne

Published 12:14pm Thursday, October 3, 2013

Officials with the Wayne National Forest want to know what citizens think and this is the perfect opportunity to provide input about a hidden treasure in southern Ohio.

The forest service will be conducting a survey and seeking input over the next year. This information will help shape and guide the long-term strategic plan for recreational development within Ohio’s only national forest.

The survey is designed to gauge how many people visit the forest and what recreational activities they participate in while they are there.

Forest service employees will be talking with visitors as they leave the Wayne National Forest’s developed recreation areas, such as campgrounds, trailheads, picnic areas, beaches, boat launches and general forest areas.

It is very important that Lawrence County has a voice in this process as the Wayne dominates much of the northern part of the county and the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area encompasses hundreds of acres.

Much has been done in recent years to make this area fun, attractive and beneficial to the community. Its amenities are better than they have ever been.

The boardwalk makes the lake accessible to those who wouldn’t be able to enjoy the great outdoors otherwise. The campgrounds are now top-notch. The hiking trails offer scenic views and memorable journeys.

And this just scratches the surface of all the Wayne has to offer.

The public shouldn’t take this natural resource for granted and offer constructive feedback that can make a special place even better.

 

 

  • Poor Richard

    I will be happy to fill out any survey. In my opinion, the WNF is by far the county’s most important asset. Not just for recreation, but for open space, for wildlife habitat, for clean water, beauty, and much more. As open space becomes less and less frequent, large undeveloped tracts become more important.
    1. I would like to see the motorized vehicles eliminated from the forest. They are nothing but an annoyance of wild hillbillies running rappant off the designated trails, noise that can be heard 20 miles away, running up and down our county and state roadways and in parts of the forest where they do NOT belong. The motorized trails are the most expensive to upkeep in the forest and suck up all the funds that could be used for a more ‘diverse’ list of recreation activities. Change the motorized trails to mountain bike trails.
    2. The hiking trails are minimal and those that do exist are long, no loop trails. There are no hiking trails for those that want a shorter hike unless you doubleback where you have already walked. I suspect that is why people walk in county cemeteries rather than the WNF. The trails should also tie into larger trail networks like the Buckeye Trail, Gallia County’s bike trail and their county park system.
    3. Past district ranger’s held community meetings and the WNF had a list of things the community would like to see – where are those plans? With every change in District Rangers, we go back to square one with a new agenda. Some new rangers become very involved in the community, others think there is no value in communicating with the locals.
    3. Bring the beach back, bring the boats back.
    4. What happened to Ohio University Nature Center?? It was nice having programs and events to attend at the WNF and when we camped out we could also attend events and hikes.
    5. Residents that live around the WNF do not get to use the forest service land (PUBLIC LANDS) for their own personal storage area, their own personal ATV trails, they don’t get to clear it and cut trees, or build a building — this type of activity is a felony – is it not??
    6. The leadership at the WNF changes like musical chairs. Sometimes the Wayne gets an outstanding leader and sometimes it gets a dud. The locals have come to expect this merry-go-round but it is for certain that we don’t care for ‘duds’.

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