Our Mission: To ensure a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.
To ensure a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.
A department of incredible diversity, ODNR owns and manages more than 590,000 acres of land including 74 state parks, 21 state forests, 134 state nature preserves, and 138 wildlife areas. The department also has jurisdiction over more than 120,000 acres of inland waters; 7,000 miles of streams; 481 miles of Ohio River; and 2-1/4 million acres of Lake Erie.
In addition, ODNR licenses all hunting, fishing, and watercraft in the state and is responsible for overseeing and permitting all mineral extraction, monitoring dam safety, managing water resources, coordinating the activity of Ohio's 88 county soil and water conservation districts, mapping the state's major geologic structures and mineral resources, and promoting recycling and litter prevention through grant programs in local communities.