COLUMBUS -- Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof joined Gov. Mike DeWine and other lawmakers on Wednesday to announce the state has purchased more than 31,000 acres of public land in perpetuity for conservation and outdoor recreation in eastern Ohio.
The announcement included senators Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction), Michael Rulli (R-Salem) and Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), as well as Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz.
“Ohio has some of the best state parks anywhere in the country," said Obhof, whose Senate district includes Richland and Ashland counties. "This will be a great addition to an area that already includes The Wilds and will offer significant new opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and hiking."
Funding for this project was made possible through the state's new two-year operating budget, which allocated $47 million in capital improvements.
The land is in Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Guernsey counties in eastern Ohio and will be acquired over the next two years for the purposes of hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking.
The State of Ohio also has the option to purchase 18,500 more acres in the area by June 2023, which could bring the total close to 60,000 acres.