For more than 35 years, the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves has worked with The Nature Conservancy to safeguard Ohio’s most rare and precious places – a statewide network of nature preserves that protect some of the best remaining forests, prairies, wildflowers and wetlands in the Buckeye State.
Many of these preserves were originally protected with the help of the Conservancy and members like you.
Now this program is in danger of becoming extinct, but you can help save it. Use your outside voice and speak up for nature by telling Ohio’s lawmakers to preserve funding for the Division of Natural Areas of Preserves.
Sheldon Marsh, Clear Fork Gorge, Hueston Woods, Clifton Gorge. Ohio’s oldest-growth forests, our most spectacular river gorges and wetland habitat critical to millions of migratory birds. Places of wonder for our children, and of quiet beauty for all of us. All this and more is protected by the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.
Debate continues among state lawmakers about whether this Division – which has sustained severe budget cuts over the last few years – should be included in the 2012-2013 operating budget or eliminated entirely. We need your voice to make sure that the Division is included in the final budget.
How can you make a difference?
Tell Ohio’s lawmakers that you want them to maintain the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves:
1. Contact members of the Budget Conference Committee:
- Rep. Ron Amstutz, chairman, House Finance Committee
- Rep. John Carey, vice-chairman, House Finance Committee
- Rep. Vernon Sykes, House Finance Committee, ranking member
- Senator Chris Widener, chairman, Senate Finance Committee
- Senator Shannon Jones, vice-chair, Senate Finance Committee
- Senator Mike Skindell, ranking member, Senate Finance Committee
2. Personalize your message. Find your favorite state nature preserve and tell lawmakers about the state nature preserve you love best.
3. Call the Ohio General Assembly toll-free line at 800-282-2053
Thank you for taking action to support the guardians of Ohio’s nature.